Cultural Competence

Cross-cultural knowledge and sensitivity are critical to providing good health care to foreign-born people.

  • Cross Cultural Health Care Program
    Nonprofit organization dedicated to ensuring linguistically and culturally appropriate health care. Resources include a clearinghouse of information on working with limited English proficiency populations. Attention: Non-MDH link
  • Cultural Diversity in Health Care
    From the author of Caring for Patients from Different Cultures, this site provides case studies and field notes. Attention: Non-MDH link
  • Cultural Orientation Resource Center
    From the Center for Applied Linguistics, the Resource Center provides orientation resources for refugee newcomers and service providers. Attention: Non-MDH link
  • Culture Care Connection
    Information from Stratis Health on improving culturally competent care in Minnesota for health care providers and organizations. Resources on the site include a free assessment to determine how well an organization meets the federal Office of Minority Health's national Culturally and Linguistically Appropriate Services standards as well as information on understanding specific patient populations in Minnesota. Attention: Non-MDH link
  • CulturedMed
    Information on culture and health care from the viewpoint of refugees and immigrants as well as providers, from the State University of New York Institute of Technology in Utica, New York. Attention: Non-MDH link
  • Diversity Rx
    Policymakers, health care providers and consumer representatives can find resources here to: learn about language and cultural competence in health care, design better programs and policies, and network with colleagues and experts. Attention: Non-MDH link
  • Hmong Net/WWW Hmong Homepage
    A collection the Internet-based resources related to Hmong news and current-events, issues, history, publications, and culture. Attention: Non-MDH link
  • National Center for Cultural Competence
    Includes definitions of cultural and linguistic competence, evidence regarding the need for cultural and linguistic competence, policy information, and tools for self-assessment. From Georgetown University.
    Attention: Non-MDH links
  • Profiles of Countries
    • Country Studies
      Library of Congress descriptions and analysis of the historical setting and the social, economic, political, and national security systems and institutions of countries throughout the world. Attention: Non-MDH link
    • World Factbook
      Country profiles from the Central Intelligence Agency; includes information on geography, people, government, economy, communications, and transportation. Attention: Non-MDH link
  • Program for Multicultural Health
    Resources on what cultural competency is, why it is important, and how to implement cultural competency into services provided. Offered by the University of Michigan Health System, Cultural Competency Division. Attention: Non-MDH link
  • Provider's Guide to Quality and Culture
    Assisting health care organizations throughout the US in providing high quality, culturally competent services to multi-ethnic populations. Attention: Non-MDH link
  • Think Cultural Health
    Sponsored by the Office of Minority Health, this site offers resources and tools to promote cultural competency in health care, including free online continuing education courses for health care providers. Attention: Non-MDH link
  • WellShare International
    An organization committed to education and outreach around child survival and maternal health, training of community health workers, and public health projects in Africa and Minnesota. Attention: Non-MDH link

Updated Tuesday, 17-Dec-2013 13:16:25 CST