Curriculum Developed by:
Jennifer Grube, L.C.S.W., Author ~ Coach
What is cultural competency?
But defining, understanding and applying cultural competence in treatment hasn’t been easy. For one thing, researchers are still arguing over the basic ingredients of cultural competence and culturally competent care. What makes a particular therapist, practice, or protocol, culturally competent? While there is plenty of speculation on the topic, answers to these questions are a long way from being settled. [American Psychological Association ]
Georgetown University notes that there is an increasing diversity of the nation brings opportunities and challenges for health care providers, health care systems, and policy makers to create and deliver culturally competent services. Cultural competence is defined as the ability of providers and organizations to effectively deliver health care services that meet the social, cultural, and linguistic needs of patients. A culturally competent health care system can help improve health outcomes and quality of care, and can contribute to the elimination of racial and ethnic health disparities. Examples of strategies to move the health care system towards these goals include providing relevant training on cultural competence and cross-cultural issues to health professionals and creating policies that reduce administrative and linguistic barriers to patient care.