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Cultural Competency Resources

A Physician's Practical Guide to Culturally Competent Care
Our country is an increasingly culturally and linguistically diverse nation, and disparities in health care access, health outcomes, and health status are major issues. Cultural competency in health refers to being aware of cultural differences among diverse racial, ethnic, and other minority groups, respecting those differences, and taking steps to apply that knowledge to professional practice.

A Patient-Centered Guide to Implementing Language Access Services in Healthcare Organizations
This guide is intended to help healthcare organizations implement effective language access services to meet the needs of their limited-English-proficient patients, and increase their access to health care. An interactive Web-based version of the Guide is now available to help you plan, implement, and evaluate language access services.

CDC's Health Literacy Training
The health literacy section of the CDC Web site offers links, resources and training materials for health professionals to find out more about the topic and earn CE credits in the process.

Children's Defense Fund (CDF)
Minority children in the United States -- Black, Latino, Asian, Pacific Islander, American Indian -- are more likely to be uninsured than White children. This disproportionate lack of health coverage has consequences for children's health, growth and development from before birth through adolescence and into adulthood. There are 9.4 million uninsured children in America -- that's one out of every eight children overall. But the disparities are great.

Health Characteristics of the Asian Adult Population: United States, 2004–2006
This report compares national estimates for selected health status indicators, health behaviors, health care utilization, health conditions, immunizations, and human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) testing status among selected non-Hispanic Asian adult subgroups.

National Consensus Statement - Spanish Version
This National Consensus Statement highlights the need for including racial and ethnic minorities in the process of emergency planning.

Racial and Ethnic Disparities in U.S. Health Care: A Chartbook
The goal of this chartbook is to create an easily accessible resource that can help policy makers, teachers, researchers, and practitioners begin to understand disparities in their communities and to formulate solutions.

Transforming the Face of Health Professions through Cultural & Linguistic Competence Education: The Role of the HRSA Centers of Excellence
The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the United States Department of Health and Human Services, in collaboration with the HRSA Centers of Excellence (COE) program encourages the teaching of cultural and linguistic competency content in the educational curricula of HRSA grant recipients. This curriculum guide, Transforming the Face of Health Professions through Cultural & Linguistic Competence Education: the Role of the HRSA Centers of Excellence”, is one result of the efforts of HRSA and the COEs. The publication of this guide is a significant achievement brought about by the efforts of a large number of dedicated individuals who have worked over many months to develop a cohesive and valuable curriculum guide. The goal of the HRSA Centers of Excellence is to reduce disparity in the health care system by increasing the number of underrepresented minorities working in the health field.


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