Diversity/Cultural Competency

Cultural competency is an ability to understand, communicate with, and effectively interact with people across cultures. ACHA encourages its members to enhance their cultural competency skills in order to better serve the diverse student population.

This page is an index of ACHA and other resources on this topic. Resources include association projects, programs, publications, guidelines, and more. Additional information may be available under “External Resources.”

ACHA Resources

Cultural Competency Statement [pdf]

Ethnic Diversity Coalition
Provides multidisciplinary, multiregional education, advocacy, and research on ethnic diversity

10 Ways to Make Your Health Center More Welcoming for Diverse Students [pdf]

External Resources

ACHA thanks its committee, coalition, task force, and section volunteers for providing resources and links concerning this topic. ACHA does not endorse or accept responsibility for the content or use of external websites.

Association of American Indian Physicians

The College Health LGBT Listserv

Cross Cultural Health Care Program (CCHP)

Cultural Competency and Diversity Websites, compiled by ACHA [pdf]

Cultural Competence in Mental Health [doc]
A guidebook from the Temple University Collaborative on Community Inclusion for Individuals with Psychiatric Disabilities

Checklist to Facilitate the Development of Policies, Structures and Partnerships that Support a Culturally Competent Research Agenda in Primary Health Care [doc]

Diversity Rx: Improving Health Care for a Diverse World

Food and Nutrition Information Center – Ethnic and Cultural Resources
Find background and practical resources for working with various ethnic/cultural groups. Includes downloadable handouts on a range of topics such as heart health, bone health, healthy cooking and diabetes education. Also find dietary guidelines from around the world.

International Multicultural Institute

Multicultural Pavilion: Resources and Dialogues for Educators, Students, and Activists

MySistahs
A website created by and for young women of color to provide information and offer support on sexual and reproductive health issues through education and advocacy

The National Alliance for Hispanic Health

The National Minority AIDS Council (NMAC)

National Native American AIDS Prevention Center (NNAAPC)

Office of Minority Health

Planning, Implementing and Evaluating Cuturally Competent Service Delivery Systems in Primary Health Care Settings
This checklist was developed by the National Center for Cultural Competence (NCCC). It is designed to assist programs and organizations which are concerned with the delivery of primary and community-based health care, to begin strategic development of policies, structures, procedures and practices that support cultural and linguistic competence. It is also designed to support the campaign launched by the Bureau of Primary Health Care, "Zero Disparities and One Hundred Percent Access."

Strategies for Promoting Cultural Competency in Health Systems

Think Cultural Health: A Family Physician's Guide to Culturally Competent Care (Office of Minority Health)