Training and Education Resources

Following is a small but representative selection of resources on education and training in culturally and linguistically sensitive healthcare. Some of these include links to further resources.

“Cultural Competency in Medical Education: A Guidebook for Schools.” Available from the US Health Resources and Services Administration at:

A collection of articles on the theme of cultural competence
published in the journal, Academic Medicine:

“Think Cultural Health” website, a program of the US Department of Health and Human Services, offers a host of links to curricula, articles, and other resources:

Crenshaw K, Shewchuk RM, Qu H, et al. What should we include in a cultural competence curriculum? An emerging formative evaluation process to foster curriculum development. Acad Med. 2011;86:333-341.

Curricula Enhancement Module Series, a project of the National Center for Cultural Competence. Available at:

“Training Tools for Physicians and Others,” complied by the Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Minority Health. Available at:

Gamble VN, Stone D, Ladenheim K, Gibbs BK, et al., Comparative perspectives on health disparities, Journal of Health Politics, Policy and Law. 2006;31. Available from the Commonwealth Fund at:

Saha S, Beach MC, and Cooper LA, Patient centeredness, cultural competence, and healthcare quality, JAMA. 2008;100:1275-1285. Available from the Commonwealth Fund at:

Betancourt JR, “Improving Quality and Achieving Equity: The Role of Cultural Competence in Reducing Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Health Care,” The Commonwealth Fund, October 2006. Available from The Commonwealth Fund at:

Ngo-Metzger Q, Telfair J, Sorkin DH, et al., “Cultural Competency and Quality of Care: Obtaining the Patient's Perspective,” The Commonwealth Fund, October 2006. Available at:

Culturally competent care resources (articles, videos, blog entries, and others) developed and compiled by DiversityRX. Available at:

Melamed E, Wyatt LE, Padilla T, Ferry, Jr RJ. Patient-based cultural competency curriculum for pre-health professionals. Fam Med. 2008; 40: 726-733. Available at:

Center for Healthy Families and Cultural Diversity, a program of the Robert Wood Johnson Medical School of the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey. Available at:

“Cultural Competence in Nursing Education,” from the American Association of Colleges of Nursing. Available at:

“Advancing Effective Communication, Cultural Competence, and Patient-and Family-Centered Care,” a collection of books, videos, and other resources from the Joint Commission. Available at:

Weech-Maldonado R, Dreachslin JL, Brown J, et al. Cultural competency assessment tool for hospitals: Evaluating hospitals’ adherence to the culturally and linguistically appropriate services standards. Health Care Manage Rev. 2011;Sep 19. [Epub ahead of print]

Tang G, Lanza O, Rodriguez FM, Chang A. The Kaiser Permanente Clinician Cultural and Linguistic Assessment Initiative: research and development in patient-provider language concordance. Am J Public Health. 2011;101:205-208.

Burks DJ, Robbins R, Durtschi JP. American Indian gay, bisexual and two-spirit men: a rapid assessment of HIV/AIDS risk factors, barriers to prevention and culturally-sensitive intervention. Cult Health Sex. 2011;13:283-298.

Bagchi AD, Af Ursin R, Leonard A. Assessing Cultural Perspectives on Healthcare Quality. J Immigr Minor Health. 2010;Oct 14. [Epub ahead of print]





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