Cultural Competency of St Jude's Research Hospital

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The Cultural Competency of St. Jude's Research Hospital St. Jude's Research Hospital provides an array of services to seriously to terminally ill children. St. Jude's Research Hospital also provides support to the parents, guardians, and families of the children in their care. This paper will describe cultural competency and explain its presence in areas such as health care and education. Cultural competency is one of several key assessments of professional efficacy, especially in areas such as health care and health services. The paper will evaluate the cultural competency of St. Jude's Research Hospital and explain why cultural competency is necessary in the provision of successful modern healthcare. Cultural competence involves increased awareness and sensitivity to the populations served. Cultural competency requires research and attention of the service providers. Cultural competency can be directly defined as follows: "Cultural competence is defined as a set of congruent behaviors, attitudes, and policies that come together in a system, agency, or among professionals and enables that system, agency, or those professionals to work effectively in cross cultural situations (Cross et al., 1989; Issacs & Benjamin, 1991). Operationally defined, cultural competence is the integration and transformation of knowledge about individuals and groups of people into specific standard, policies, practices, and attitudes, used in appropriate cultural settings to increase the

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