“The Wheel shows the combinations of all of the dimensions that influence our values, beliefs, behaviours, experiences and expectations.
A useful tool to assist others in understanding the complexities of what makes us all different.” More>>>
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"Culture refers to norms and practices of a particular group that are learned and shared and guide thinking, decisions, and actions. Cultural values the individual's desirable or preferred way of acting or knowing something that is sustained over a period of time and which governs actions or decisions."
"Understanding the needs and emotions of your own culture and the culture of others."
"Cultural Competence is the ongoing capacity of health systems and professionals to provide for diverse populations, high quality of care that is safe, family-and patient- centered, evidence based and equitable."
National Quality Forum
Culture and Health
You can examine your own cultural competence by taking our Quality and Culture Quiz. Please note that this quiz is not a "test!" Your answers will not be shared with anyone. A high score on this quiz does not "certify" or qualify you as a culturally competent provider! on providing equitable treatment regardless of culture.
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Culturally and Linguistically Appropriate Health Care
Health disparities refer to differences between groups of people. These differences can affect how frequently a disease affects a group, how many people get sick, or how often the disease causes death.
Health Resources for Minorities
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