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Compendium of Cultural Competence Initiatives in Health Care

The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation (2003) Compendium of Cultural Competence Initiatives in Health Care. Other. The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation, Menlo Park, CA.

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activities that seek to reduce cultural and communication barriers to health care. These activities are often described as cultural competency and/or cross-cultural education. The Institute of Medicine report (2002)1, Unequal Treatment, recommended that the health care system pursue several of these techniques as part of a multi-level strategy to reduce racial and ethnic disparities in medical care. This compendium is a first attempt at describing these activities in a single document. It was prepared in response to the many requests from the media and others to define cultural competency and identify efforts underway in this emerging field. In a recent article, Brach and Fraser (2000)2 clustered the techniques frequently discussed in the literature on cultural competency into nine categories: 1) interpreter services; 2) recruitment and retention policies for minority staff; 3) training; 4) coordinating with traditional healers; 5) use of community health workers; 6) culturally competent health promotion; 7) including family and/or community members in care-giving; 8) immersion into another culture; and 9) administrative or organizational accommodations.

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Item Type: Report Document or other Monograph (Other)
Additional Information: This article is available at the publisher’s Web site. Access to the full text is subject to the publisher’s access restrictions.
Uncontrolled Keywords: cultural and communication barriers; health care; cultural competency; cross-cultural education; racial and ethnic disparities
Subjects: Health > Disparities
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Date Deposited: 22 Oct 2008
Last Modified: 30 Jun 2011 12:13
Link to this item (URI): http://health-equity.lib.umd.edu/id/eprint/1121

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