1. Understanding and Implementing the CLAS Standards
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: www.hrsa.gov/culturalcompetence/cultcomp.pdf.
A collection of articles on the theme of cultural competence
“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: www.thinkculturalhealth.hhs.gov/.
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: http://www.nccccurricula.info/.
“Training Tools for Physicians and Others,” complied by the Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Minority Health. Available at: http://minorityhealth.hhs.gov/templates/browse.aspx?lvl=2&lvlid=12.
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: www.commonwealthfund.org/Publications/In-the-Literature/2006/Apr/Comparative-Perspectives-on-Health-Disparities.aspx.
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: http://www.commonwealthfund.org/Publications/In-the-Literature/2009/Feb/Patient-Centeredness--Cultural-Competence--and-Healthcare-Quality.aspx.
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: www.commonwealthfund.org/Publications/Fund-Reports/2006/Oct/Improving-Quality-and-Achieving-Equity--The-Role-of-Cultural-Competence-in-Reducing-Racial-and-Ethni.aspx.
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: www.commonwealthfund.org/Publications/Fund-Reports/2006/Oct/Cultural-Competency-and-Quality-of-Care--Obtaining-the-Patients-Perspective.aspx.
Culturally competent care resources (articles, videos, blog entries, and others) developed and compiled by DiversityRX. Available at: www.diversityrx.org/topic-areas/culturally-competent-care.
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: www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3092584/.
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: http://rwjms.umdnj.edu/departments_institutes/family_medicine/chfcd/index.html.
“Cultural Competence in Nursing Education,” from the American Association of Colleges of Nursing. Available at: www.aacn.nche.edu/education-resources/cultural-competency.
“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: www.jointcommission.org/Advancing_Effective_Communication/.
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]