Medical Education Cooperation with Cuba received a $350,000 grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to support its Community Partnerships for Health Equity program, aimed at improving U.S. health outcomes in medically underserved communities based on lessons learned from Cuba.
We are honored that the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation wants to learn from MEDICC to inform its strategies for building a culture of health in the United States, Pierre M. LaRamée, MEDICC executive director, said in a news release. There is much to be learned from other countries, such as Cuba, and applied to the U.S., despite different political and cultural contexts including how to produce excellent health outcomes given low resources, and deliver quality preventive care at the community level.
Cuba provides universal healthcare coverage, produces excellent health outcomes with a fraction of the budget spent in the U.S., has a low infant mortality rate and the lowest HIV rate in the Americas, according to the release. The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation grant will concentrate on implementing interventions learned from the Cuban healthcare model in MEDICCs four established CPHE communities South Los Angeles; Oakland, Calif.; Albuquerque, N.M.; and the Bronx burough of New York City.
The two-year award will:
Seed grants and technical assistance in implementing healthcare system improvements inspired by Cuban models
Peer-to-peer visits and learning among the CPHE communities
Developing a national network of CPHE communities