We are one of the top 3 most diverse states with respect to racial/ethnic and foreign born populations.
This rich diversity presents a challenge to health professionals. Diverse populations bring different attitudes, expectations, beliefs and communication styles to each health encounter. Health professionals must be sensitive to these complex issues if they are to be successful.
Culturally competent health workers not only respect cultural differences, they incorporate them into the entire patient care or program planning process. In the health care setting, this can require organizational change as well as more skilled one-on-one patient interactions.
The result can be better patient care and better health in our communities.