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Bringing Health Information to the Community

National Network of Libraries of Medicine

This blog focuses on health information issues related to the community, especially underserved communities. Regular postings on health information in the areas of public health, minority health, community resources, funding, and more.


"I Speak" Language Identification Cards

U.S. Census 2000, Department of Commerce

This document can be used to help identify the language of a non-English speaker. It uses a short phrases written in over 30 languages that a user can check to indicate the language they speak.


National Action Plan to Improve Health Literacy

Department of Health and Human Services

The National Action Plan to Improve Health Literacy seeks to engage organizations, professionals, policymakers, communities, individuals, and families in a linked, multisector effort to improve health literacy.


Spiritual Assessment in Clinical Practice

George Washington Institute for Spirituality and Health

This online course serves as a multimedia guide for tapping the spiritual beliefs, values, and practices important in your patients' responses to illness or stress.


Quality Care for Diverse Populations Videos

American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP)

Quality Care for Diverse Populations is a web-based training program developed by the AAFP to assist physicians and other health care professionals in becoming more culturally proficient in the provision of care to their patients. The program includes five video vignettes depicting simulated physician-patient visits in an office setting as a means to explore ethnic and sociocultural issues.


Guidance for BT/Risk Communicators in Collaborating with Faith-Based African American Communities for Pandemic Flu Preparedness

The Southern Center for Communication, Health and Poverty

These series of videos were filmed at the Morehouse School of Medicine and the University of Georgia with a live studio audience and edited into thematic units. They feature the expertise of those working with and in the African American faith-based community.


Culturally Competent Care for Latino Patients

Santa Clara University Markkula Center for Applied Ethics

This collection of reflections and case studies focuses on the challenges that can confront Hispanics in American health care settings. Each fictional case study was developed based on personal interviews with doctors, nurses, social workers and chaplains and includes a commentary so that users can learn new skills and strategies to increase cultural competence.


Cultural & Spiritual Sensitivity: A Learning Module for Health Care Professionals

HealthCare Chaplaincy

This self-learning module has been developed to assist health care professionals to: a) address the issues of cultural and spiritual diversity; b) provide tools to understand one's own cultural and spiritual heritage and beliefs; c) develop the ability to provide culturally and spiritually sensitive approaches to care; d) identify appropriate interventions.


Unequal Treatment: Confronting Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Health Care

Institute of Medicine (IOM)

This landmark report from the Institute of Medicine found that a consistent body of research demonstrates significant variation in the rates of medical procedures by race, even when insurance status, income, age, and severity of conditions are comparable. This research indicates that U.S.


Development and Evaluation of a Cultural Consultation Service in Mental Health

McGill University Cultural Consultation Service

This project involved the development and evaluation of cultural consultation as a specialized service in mental health in Canada. The principle objective of the service was to improve the accessibility and cultural appropriateness of mental health services for the multicultural population of Montreal, including immigrants, refugees, and ethnocultural groups, as well as Aboriginal peoples.