Welcome to the Cultural Competency in Healthcare libguide.
"Cultural and linguistic competence is a set of congruent behaviors, attitudes, and policies that come together in a system, agency, or among professionals that enables effective work in cross-cultural situations. 'Culture' refers to integrated patterns of human behavior that include the language, thoughts, communications, actions, customs, beliefs, values, and institutions of racial, ethnic, religious, or social groups. 'Competence' implies having the capacity to function effectively as an individual and an organization within the context of the cultural beliefs, behaviors, and needs presented by consumers and their communities. (Adapted from Cross, 1989)." United States Department of Health and Human Services, The Office of Minority Health. What is Cultural Competency? Retrieved May 8, 2014, from http://minorityhealth.hhs.gov/templates/browse.aspx?lvl=2&lvlID=11
This guide represents a collaborative effort between the library and the Office of Multicultural Affairs. The purpose of this guide is to complement and provide additional resources in support of the Diversity Health Series. The Diversity Health Series was developed by Kaiser Permanente and is used as a teaching tool at Des Moines University. Additionally, resources are available to support respective DMU programs in culturally competent health care education. For more information please contact the Dr. Rich Salas at 515-271-1709.
The populations featured on this guide correspond to the Diversity and Health Series topics presented by the Office of Multicultural Affairs. Is there a population or health care issue that you would like to see represented on this guide? Let us know! firstname.lastname@example.org
The Diversity Health Series was developed by Kaiser Permanente and is used as a teaching tool at Des Moines University. Dr. Rich Salas, Chief Diversity Officer, and Assistant Professor in the College of Medicine, has completed the Kaiser Permanente Diversity Health Master level facilitator certification training. For more information please contact the Dr. Rich Salas at 515-271-1709.
The DHS film series includes the following videos: