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Nursing Program - RN Information Literacy: Cultural Competence
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What is Cultural Competence in Healthcare?
The goal of culturally competent health care services is to provide the highest quality of care to every patient, regardless of race, ethnicity, cultural background, English proficiency or literacy. Some common strategies for improving the patient-provider interaction and institutionalizing changes in the health care system include:
Provide interpreter services
Recruit and retain minority staff
Provide training to increase cultural awareness, knowledge, and skills
Coordinate with traditional healers
Use community health workers
Incorporate culture-specific attitudes and values into health promotion tools
Include family and community members in health care decision making
Locate clinics in geographic areas that are easily accessible for certain populations
Expand hours of operation
Provide linguistic competency that extends beyond the clinical encounter to the appointment desk, advice lines, medical billing, and other written materials
Georgetown Health Policy Institute. (2004 February) What is Cultural Competence in Healthcare? (Issue Brief Number 5) Retrieved from:
The Office of Minority Health and Health Equity aims to accelerate CDC’s health impact in the U.S population and to eliminate health disparities for vulnerable populations as defined by race/ethnicity, socio-economic status, geography, gender, age, disability status, risk status related to sex and gender, and among other populations identified as at-risk for health disparities.
The objective of the website is to make information about culture, language, health, illness and community resources directly accessible to health care providers who see patients from different ethnic groups.
The Office of Minority Health announces the release of the Cultural Competency Program for Oral Health Professionals (CCPOHP) , an e-learning program designed to better equip oral health professionals with the knowledge and skills to better serve diverse patient populations.