Cultural Competence Wednesday, May 25, 2011
Health care professionals increasingly encounter patients from diverse cultures and ethnic backgrounds, yet they are often ill-equipped to understand and respond effectively to the patient’s cultural needs. Health care organizations can facilitate the cultural competence of their staff by establishing a set of congruent policies, attitudes, and behaviors that promote effective cross-cultural interactions and patient outcomes.
The featured Innovations describe three programs that have implemented strategies to increase providers’ cultural and/or linguistic competence.
The featured QualityTools describe practical resources on cultural competence for providers.
- Low Overhead Clinic Extends Access to Affordable, Culturally Competent Conventional and Alternative Medicine for Uninsured and Underinsured
- Trained Peers Provide Culturally Appropriate Education and Support to Refugees, Improving Access to Breast Cancer Screening and Treatment
- Culturally Sensitive, Multidisciplinary Assessment, Treatment, and Support Significantly Increase Treatment Rates for Depressed Chinese Americans in Primary Care
Also in This Issue:
- Michigan Pathways Project Links Ex-Prisoners to Medical Services, Contributing to a Decline in Recidivism
- Advocacy Firm Assists Patients in Choosing Providers/Treatments and Coordinating Care, Leading to Quick Access to Services and High Satisfaction
- Standardized Protocol Reduces Likelihood of Pneumothorax and Death in Low Birthweight Infants
- Bicultural, Youth Development Program for At-Risk Latino Families Enhances Overall Health, Teen Birth Control Use, and Family Communication
- Multidisciplinary, Clinic-Based Teams Support Obese Children in Changing Behaviors, Leading to Increased Physical Activity, Improved Diet, and Weight Loss
- Medicaid Plan Offers Diabetic Patients Access to Fitness Facilities and Coaching, Leading to Weight Loss and Improvements in Cholesterol and Blood Glucose
- Statewide, Team-Based Fitness Program Uses Online Social Networking and Competition to Promote Exercise and Weight Loss in Adults