Offering immersion courses in undergraduate programs is one way to facilitate excellence in cultural competency
. Literature on study abroad programs has highlighted their positive effects for both faculty and students in delivering culturally competent care (Bentley & Ellison, 2007).
The need for cultural competency
training in the healthcare field - where all people of all backgrounds come together at moments of distress - is obvious.
It's only going to increase cultural competency
, and increased cultural competency
contributes to providing a culturally safe environment," said Lee.
Awaad (2003) states that cultural competency
refers to the awareness among health care professionals of differences in cultures and the effect of these differences on professional practice.
The exploratory report, based on a survey of mental health providers nationally, found few community-based providers met criteria for military cultural competency
or used evidence-based approaches to treat problems commonly seen among veterans.
(1) However, the virtual absence of multicultural education as a standalone course in chiropractic colleges suggests that graduates are ill-equipped in cultural competency
to treat a diverse population.
Efforts to improve the cultural competency
of the health care workforce have been part of the larger effort to reform the health care system in general in some states.
BACKGROUND Cultural competency
is a core curriculum standard in undergraduate and graduate nursing programs.
Physicians in rural areas of BC's north are getting special training through the "Indigenous Cultural Competency
program" in order to deliver better care to Aboriginal patients.
is described as a set of congruent practice skills, behaviors, attitudes and policies that come embedded in a system, agency, or among consumer providers and professionals.
Coverage includes an overview of cultural foundations, cultural competency
, and transcultural nursing/health care followed by guidance for specific cultural groups--Black Americans, Hispanics/Latinos, Asians/Pacific Islanders, Native Americans, and Whites (Non-Hispanic).
As a result, many Native students will be taught by non-Native teachers with limited training in cultural competency
. Cultural competency
in this context refers to teachers' knowledge of and ability to incorporate their students' cultural, social, and linguistic backgrounds into curriculum and instruction (Banks et ah, 2005).