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Additional Resources

Physician's Guide to the Patient-Centered Interview


Working with Limited English Proficient Patients (LEP)


What's in a Word: A Guide to Understanding Interpreting and Translating in Health Care



Thorough resources on cultural competency and health literacy from HRSA


Provides information about cultural beliefs, medical issues and related topics pertinent to the health care of various immigrant groups to the US. Translated instructions for patients about preparing for tests and examinations are provided. In addition cultural profiles for a variety of health topics, from asthma to Women's  Health and patient information on a various health topics (with some translations) are also available.


Cultural Profiles Project
Provides cultural profiles for many nations.


Culture, Health, and Literacy: A Guide to Health Education Materials for Adults with Limited English Literacy Skills


Health Research & Educational Trust

In partnership with the American Hospital Association. Provides educational resources on quality/cost/disparities, etc. Various articles, guides, and tool kits.


Health Equity Initiatives by State

National Action Plan to Improve Health Literacy


Agency for Health care Research and Quality

AHRQ tools and information that can be used in implementing the Action Plan


Council on Community Pediatricians

Working toward the achievement of the recommendations in the AAP policy statement "The Pediatrician's Role in Community Pediatrics" through: Advocacy, Collaborations, Dissemination, Education, Innovation, Leadership, and Technical Assistance. Provides training modules and publications on health literacy, social determinants of health, cultural competency, etc.


Female Genital Mutilation


Immigrant Health


Culture and Health Disparities




Family Medicine Clerkship

Competency based goals and objectives for cultural competency training


American Academy of Family Physicians

Video vignettes from the American Academy of Family Physicians (short/ inspires conversation- requires RealPlayer flash )



Georgetown University Center for Child and Human Development: National Center for Cultural Competence

Self assessment on cultural competency


Health Literacy Universal Precautions Toolkit


University of Michigan Health System: Program for Multicultural Health

Important questions to enhance culturally competent patient interviewing


University of Michigan Health System: Cross-Cultural Communication

Helpful frameworks to incorporate into patient interviewing to enhance cultural competence of encounter


Health Equity and Prevention Primer

Toolkit with several  modules on key health equity and prevention topics including community factors that influence health equity and measuring and evaluating health equity

Webinar: New Joint Commission Standards to Improve Patient-Provider Communication

Discusses the new and revised hospital accreditation standards approved by the Joint Commission to improve patient-provider communication. The standards that are discussed include identifying and addressing patient communication needs; providing language services; addressing qualifications for language interpreters and translators; and collecting race, ethnicity, and language data.


Domestic Violence Screening


Cultural Practices: Coin Rubbing

Cultural Competence Clinical case presentation on Coin Rubbing.


American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists

Provides screening tools on sexual assault and domestic violence.


New York Asian Women's Center

Provides information on domestic violence: what it is, how to identify it, prevalence statistics, and service providers. Multi-lingual support programs and shelter services are available. 


Communication Tips


Steps for Breaking Bad News


Taking the Patient's Perspective


Association of Black Cardiologists, Inc.

Provides information on disparities in cardiac care, resource guides for cardiologists and patients. 


Literacy & Health

Powerpoint presentation on literacy and health.


Health Literacy: can your patients be healthy without it?

Powerpoint presentation on the importance of health literacy and implications for public health.


Literacy Assistance Center

The Literacy Assistance Center is a nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting and promoting the expansion of quality literacy services in New York. 


Resources for Practice


American College of Physicians Foundation

Provides patient information guides on Heart Attacks, Hypertension, Smoking, Pain, and other health topics. Available in English and Spanish.

American Diabetes Association

Books and Guides available on Diabetes and related topics. 


American Cancer Society

Books and Guides available on specific Cancers,  healthy eating, coping, etc.


MedImmune Advocacy

Provides information on topics of interest for parents with premature infants.


Family Violence Prevention Fund

Guides and Pamphlets available on health care and domestic violence, children and domestic violence, and battered immigrant women.




Patient-Centered View

A patient centered view about interacting with health care professionals


Local Resources 


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