Delivering Culturally Competent Care

Delivering Culturally Competent Care Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Health care services that respect and respond to diverse patients’ health beliefs, practices, and cultural and linguistic needs can produce positive health outcomes and reduce health disparities.

The Health and Human Services Office of Minority Health has established national standards for culturally and linguistically appropriate services.  Health care organizations receiving federal funding are required to meet the linguistic standards, and national, federal, and state accrediting agencies are encouraged to mandate the cultural competence standards.

The featured Innovations show how three programs implemented cultural and/or linguistic services to meet the needs of diverse patient populations.

The featured QualityTools provide several practical resources to develop health care services for diverse patient groups.

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