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What's New | March 16, 2009

Culturally Competent Care
According to the National Center for Cultural Competence, providing culturally competent health care services requires an understanding of: 

  • cultural beliefs, values, traditions and practices;
  • culturally defined, health-related needs of individuals, families and communities;
  • culturally based belief systems of the etiology of illness and disease and those related to health and healing; and
  • attitudes toward seeking help from health care providers.
The featured innovations describe culturally competent programs that serve diverse populations.  
Featured Innovations:
Featured QualityTools:

 More Than Words Toolkit
Developed by Hablamos Juntos

 Provider’s Guide to Quality & Culture
Developed by Bureau of Primary Health Care-Health Resources and Services Administration; Management Sciences for Health, Inc.; U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

 Speaking Together Toolkit
Developed by George Washington University, School of Public Health and Health Services; Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

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 Hablamos Juntos: Using Symbols
Developed by University of California, San Francisco- Fresno Center for Medical Education & Research

 Healthy Men
Developed by Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality

 Hispanic Diabetes Disparities Learning Network in Community Health Centers
Developed by Delmarva Foundation

 Toolkit to Reduce Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Health Care
Developed by The National Health Plan Collaborative