Providing Culturally Competent Care Essay

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The National Center for Cultural Competence developed a validated assessment tool “at the request of the Bureau of Primary Health Care (BPHC), Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), U.S. Department of Health and Human Service (DHHS)” (National Center for Cultural Competence (NCCC), 2004). The intent of the assessment tool is to “to enhance the delivery of high quality services to culturally and linguistically diverse individuals and underserved communities” (NCCC, para. 1, 2004).

The tool is intended to take 20 minutes to complete, is confidential and is available only online. Upon completion of the survey a profile of the practitioner’s “Values & Belief Systems Subscale in six areas: Values and Belief Systems, Cultural
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I live in the county 62 and work in county eight. By virtue of living the culture and the classes I take, it seems there is a disparity. Leaving me feel there is something askew. It is not in keeping with the results of other tools that I have completed.

The positive side of having such a dismal result to the cultural assessment is a rich bibliography of resources divided into categories. Some articles are familiar and some are new. The spiritual and ethical areas suggested for expanding my knowledge include:
• Identifying and engaging key cultural informants within diverse communities
• Querying key cultural informants regarding values, beliefs, and practices of community members as they relate to religiosity and spirituality, practitioner credibility, health, health care, illness and well being
These are the key points taken from that review. My plan to address these is to utilize the videos listed in the bibliography first. I will include one video a month beginning March 25, 2010. As I review research protocols developed by professors at the local universities which focus on minority or special need populations, I will use that opportunity to glean information from the literature review, study plan and active engagement with the investigator to expand my knowledge beginning February 25, 2010. The ethical considerations associated with vulnerable populations require additional protections to ensure the study participants are not exploited
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