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Culturally Competent Healthcare: Home

Journals, search strategies, books, websites, and organizations to enhance practitioner cultural competency

Library Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Statement

The library, as part of Midwestern University, is dedicated to effect change, overcome inequities, promote greater diversity, and establish a culture of inclusivity that celebrates diversity. We pledge our commitment to undo inequities that exist in policies and practices, advance values of diversity and inclusion, and to create a truly equitable environment for faculty, staff, and students.

The information shared on this healthcare guide is not comprehensive nor reflective of all available materials.  For more information:

About this Guide

Every patient brings their own personal, cultural, emotional, and physical history into every interaction. It is unlikely that any practitioner will become truly culturally competent. Other, more appropriate terms include cultural humility, cultural effectiveness, and cultural responsiveness. This guide includes tools to help pratitioners become more culturally effective. Tabs in the guide focus on race, ethnicity and culture, sexual and gender identity, and physical and mental disabilities.

Searching for Information?

Looking for articles on cultural competence, humility, effectiveness, or responsiveness?

The best databases are Academic Search Complete, CINAHL, ERIC (education), and Medline.

Want to search them all at once?

Use EBSCOhost and select All Databases.

Diversity and Cross-culturalism

According the the Health Resources and Services Administration of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services--

Culture. Attitudes and behaviors that are characteristic of a group or community.

Cultural Competence. A set of congruent behaviors, attitudes, and policies that come together in a system, agency, or among professionals that enables effective work in cross-cultural situations.

Health Literacy. The degree to which individuals have the capacity to obtain, process and understand basic health information and services needed to make appropriate health decisions.

Print Books

Shirlywhirl, M.D.

A Very Good Quick Read

Incompetent vs. Competent Cultural Care

Free Inclusive Images for Teaching and Presenting

Diversity Awareness Group Activities

Downers Grove Campus Library (630) 515-6200
Littlejohn Hall
555 31st St. Downers Grove, IL 60515
Map and Driving Directions - IL

Glendale Campus Library (623) 572-3308
Sahuaro Hall
19555 N. 59th Ave. Glendale, AZ 85308
Map and Driving Directions - AZ