Cultural and Ethnicity Awareness/Competency

Cultural and Ethnicity Awareness/Competency

Program for Multicultural Health

PMCH is a program of the University of Michigan. The site provides health care professionals with resources that suggest best practices for working with culturally diverse populations such asEnhancing Your Cultural Competence Skills.

Advancing Effective Communication, Cultural Competence, and Patient- and Family-Centered Care: This JCAHO handbook provides suggestions for hospitals and other health care providers.

Cultural Competence Resources for Health Care Providers The HRSA site contains links to resources for health care providers such as: assessment tools and training curricula.
Culture Clues Tip sheets for physicians on a variety of different ethnic groups served by the University of Washington Medical Center. Includes separate sheets on End-of-Life for Latinos, Russians, and Vietnamese. EthnoMed Home Page Contains information about cultural beliefs, medical issues and other related issues pertinent to the health care of recent immigrants to Seattle, many of whom are refugees fleeing war-torn parts of the world.

An online tutorial on how illness is traditionally perceived and cured around the world. It was created and is maintained by Dr. Dennis O'Neil, Behavioral Sciences Department, Palomar College, San Marcos, California.

Contains patient information and other materials in Spanish from the American Academy of Family Physicians. Click Spanish/Espanol for patient handouts on specific health problems.

This site has links to several articles regarding care for patients of different ethnicities.  Registration is needed for free access to the links below:






From the University of Washington Medical Center, this fact sheet includes helpful information for medical professionals to consider when working with Latino patients. The information sheet highlights some of the major cultural differences that can cause communication barriers including body language, sensitive health topics and family issues.