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Cultural Competency in Healthcare

A collaborative project between the library and Office of Multicultural Affairs

What is Cultural Competency (Cultural Humility)?

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.

Diversity Health Series @ DMU

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! library@dmu.edu

The Diversity Health Series was developed by Kaiser Permanente and is used as a teaching tool at Des Moines University.  Dr. Rich Salas, the Director of Multicultural Affairs 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:

  • The Spirit is Able - focus on the culture and health of People with Disabilities com
  • OUT - focus on Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender, Intersex (GLBTI) culture and health
  • Viva Bien - focus on Latino culture and health
  • Touching the Dream - focus on African American culture and health
  • Journey of 10,000 Miles - focus on Asian/Pacific Islander culture and health
  • Hozho - Life in Balance - focus on Native American and Alaskan Native culture and health
  • Children of Adam - focus on the Greater Middle East culture and health
  • Side by Side: Generations Working Together - focus on 4 generations in the workplace and healthcare
  • In Our Boots: The Veterans Journey

Cultural Competency @ DMU

Des Moines University Library
library@dmu.edu
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