Cultural Competency & Health
The National CLAS
Standards are intended to advance health equity, improve quality, and help
eliminate health care disparities by providing a blueprint for individuals and
health and health care organizations to implement culturally and linguistically
The Center for Health Literacy conducts interdisciplinary
research in health communication and health literacy; and translates that research into education and community
The mission of the NCCC is to increase the capacity of
health care and mental health care programs to design, implement, and evaluate
culturally and linguistically competent service delivery systems to address
growing diversity, persistent disparities, and to promote health and mental
Public Health Training
Centers seek to improve the public health system through strengthening the
competency of the current and future public health workforce.
NCCAM is offering free, comprehensive videolectures about
research in complementary health approaches. Topics range from mind-body pain
therapies to acupuncture. These online videolectures provide an in-depth
perspective on the current state of science, as related to complementary
A free, on-line, go-at-your-own-pace training that has
helped more than 20,000 health care professionals and students improve
University of Washington, Harborview Medical Center
The goal of this tool is to provide a jumping-off point
for developing rapport in the interpreted health encounter.
Health Equity and Prevention Primer |
The Health Equity and Prevention Primer serves as a
web-based training series for public health practitioners and advocates
interested in policy advocacy, community change, and multi-sector engagement to
achieve health equity. The Primer helps practitioners integrate a health equity
lens into their initiatives in pursuit of overall health and safety.
Health Information Literacy |
Medical Library Association
Health Literacy |
National Network of Libraries of Medicine
Health Literacy |
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, U.S. Department of Health and Human
Health Literacy for Public Health
Professionals | Centers for Disease Control and Prevention,
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Web-based course to educate public health
professionals on the importance of health literacy and their role in providing
health information and services and promoting public health literacy.
Healthcare Professional Series on
Integrative Therapies | University of Minnesota Center for
Spirituality and Healing
Healthcare providers can learn about integrative
therapies and healing practices in this informative online series and earn
continuing nursing education credit. We are currently in the process of
updating all the modules (see below), but as always, we encourage users to seek
the most recent clinical studies.
NIH Plain Language Training |
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, National Institutes of Health
The NIH distributes health and research information to a
wide range of readers, including the general public, Congress, medical
practitioners and researchers, and the business and governmental communities.
To communicate NIH messages clearly, you should use plain language for all
documents, presentations, and electronic messages.
Roots of Inequality: An Online Learning Collaborative | National Association of
City and County Health Officials
This course provides an
online learning environment from which to explore root causes of inequity in
the distribution of disease, illness, and death. Its audience is primarily the
local public health workforce and seeks to ground participants in the concepts
and strategies that could lead to effective action.
Stanford Geriatric Education Training
Center, Stanford School of Medicine | On-Line
Think Cultural Health – Continuing
Education | U.S. Department of Health and Human Services,
Office of Minority Health
The goal of Think Cultural
Health is to Advance Health Equity at Every Point of Contact through the
development and promotion of culturally and linguistically appropriate
services. Our continuing education programs are designed to help individuals at
all levels and in all disciplines promote health and health equity.