Heywood mandates cultural competency
training for new hires, and trains staff annually on cultural competency
Most often, effects of cultural competency
are one of many variables in a situation and are often intangible to measure, especially the positive effects.
of Nevada, Reno) compile 20 chapters by psychologists and other mental health professionals and physicians from the US, who address assessment and treatment guidelines for illnesses and issues such as chronic pain, ADHD, heart disease, diabetes, asthma, dementia, anxiety, depression, treatment compliance, obesity, and smoking; hiring and interview protocols for administrators; training programs and core competencies; financial and billing models; quality management and improvement tools; patient education materials and newsletters; and cultural competency
President Sandra Bryant presented this award to Delegate Nathan-Pulliam at the MNA Annual Convention on October 18, citing her tireless work to promote cultural competency
as a core requirement in health professional education throughout Maryland.
I very much appreciated the University of Oregon's Center on Diversity and Community for opening to the public its excellent conference, "What Is Cultural Competency
," held Jan.
Two projects are underway: a survey of physicians about health care disparities and the factors causing them, and a promotion of selected training programs that use case study work, selfassessment activities, and video vignettes to increase physicians' cultural competency
SAN DIEGO -- One way physicians can improve their cultural competency
is to "get more and better" language interpreters, Anne Fadiman advised at a meeting sponsored by the National Initiative for Children's Healthcare Quality.
Staff, volunteers and directors were questioned on the following four areas: a) SAN mission, vision, goals and objectives and their compatibility to CIS' objectives; b) Methods and ability to reach medically underserved South Asians to disseminate cancer information in a culturally appropriate ways (Newsletter, website, outreach at social and cultural events); c) Willingness to work with CIS to improve SAN's capacity to implement, evaluate and sustain educational efforts and provide cultural competency
training to partners; d) Long term commitment to improve the community's knowledge of their cancer risk and ways to reduce the burden of cancer; and e) Ability to participate in the development of a sustainable cancer control agenda for South Asian communities in Los Angeles.
training at a distance: Challenges and strategies.
In 2007, Magellan launched a comprehensive cultural competency
initiative to improve the quality of health outcomes across cultural, ethnic, linguistic and socioeconomic populations by aligning clinical programs, and provider networks, staff and member education to ensure the needs of a culturally diverse population are met effectively.
The Black organizations might counter by saying that the process completely disregards the value of cultural competency
, denies Black organizations opportunities to focus on their strengths, and inherently advantages larger organizations that can farm out their grant writing over smaller organizations that are better equipped to deliver services.
The Foundation Course in Cultural Competency
, launched last month by Associate Health Minister Tariana Turia, is designed to provide a basic understanding of how to deal with patients of different cultures, as well as teaching them about health literacy (see story, p25).