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Physician Assistant: Cultural Competency

Recommended resources for Dr. Pallavi Patel College of Health Care Sciences Physician Assistant Program students and faculty

General Information

DiversityRx DiversityRx is a clearinghouse of information on how to meet the language and cultural needs of minorities, immigrants, refugees and other diverse populations seeking health care.



National Standards for Culturally and Linguistically Appropriate Services in Health Care  Final Report from the Office of Minority Health



Cultural Diversity: A Guide for Health Professionals A guide for professionals that presents health and socio-cultural information on specific ethnic communities



The Providers Guide to Quality & Culture A website designed to assist health care organizations in providing high quality, culturally competent services to multi-ethic populations.



EthnoMed The EthnoMed site contains information about cultural beliefs, medical issues and other related issues pertinent to the health care of recent immigrants.



Culture Clues™ Culture Clues© are tip sheets for clinicians designed to increase awareness about concepts and preferences of patients from diverse populations such as Albanians, Vietnamese, Latin Americans, Russians, and African-Americans.



Cultural Profiles Project The Cultural Profiles Project provides an overview of life and customs in hundreds of different cultures. Although written for a Canadian audience, this project provides useful information.




Supplemental Resources

Tool for Assessing Cultural Competence Training (TACCT) - PDF Version  TACCT is a self-administered assessment tool that can be used by medical schools to examine all components of the entire medical school curriculum. TACCT enables schools to identify gaps and redundancies in their curricula, which will enable schools to make the best use of opportunities and resources. The TACCT can be used for both traditional and problem-based curricula.