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Cultural Competency ProviderSelf-Assessment Tool (CCPSA)

ProviderThe purpose of the CCPSA tool is to link clinicians and other health care providers directly to the appropriate AETC-NMC HIV cultural competency and training curriculum and resources, based on their reported needs. In so doing, clinicians and other health care providers can take the first step in assessing their awareness and understanding of multicultural HIV care and its impact on their own cultural health beliefs and practices.

The outcome of this effort is aimed at strengthening the provider’s cultural competency skills by making them more responsive to their patients’ cultural health beliefs. This, in turn, can lead to self-awareness and over time, changed beliefs and attitudes that will translate into higher quality health care provided to diverse populations.

Begin the HIV Provider Cultural Competency Self-Assessment (link opens in a new window).

Background of the CCPSA

Based on ongoing needs assessment data collected by the AETC-NMC for this activity, clinicians nationwide consistently reported a need for culturally appropriate HIV training and resources to effectively treat persons living with HIV/AIDS among numerous vulnerable or minority populations. This includes racial and ethnic minorities, Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender (LGBT) people, the homeless, immigrants, physically challenged and others. In response to this need, the AETC-NMC has continued to develop training tools and resources designed to address high-priority training needs identified by health care providers.

As part of these efforts, AETC-NMC developed the CCPSA by incorporating pre- and post-evaluation components directly from each AETC-NMC training module to ensure a tight correlation between HIV provider knowledge and AETC-NMC training curriculum. The tool also assesses:

  • Provider awareness of HIV/AIDS epidemiology among priority patient populations
  • Provider understanding of priority patient populations’ cultures
  • Provider knowledge about high priority topics in culturally competent care.

As part of the tool, respondents are asked to rate their knowledge levels for up to six training areas and then asked a series of questions to test the accuracy of their self-reported knowledge. Preliminary results showed that while clinicians and other care providers were most likely to report that they well-informed in certain topic areas such as HIV Promotion/Testing as well as HIV and Mental Health, actual knowledge scores revealed an urgent need for training in these areas. These results show that clinicians are in need of, and will benefit from resources such as the CCPSA that direct them to information designed to address their individual and distinct knowledge gaps.

Completion and return of this survey indicate voluntary consent to participate in this study. The survey will take approximately 15 minutes to complete. Thank you for your participation.

Results of the CCPSA will also be used to inform AETC-NMC efforts to develop and disseminate future training and educational materials. Findings from this focused, innovative effort will likewise help meet the vision of the National HIV/AIDS Strategy (NAS). Specifically for the NAS, these data can be used to inform government agencies in their task of increasing the coordination of HIV programs across the Federal government and between federal agencies and state, territorial, tribal, and local governments in their effort ensure a culturally competent clinical workforce able to provide quality multicultural HIV care.


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