Think Cultural Health (TCH), a new site sponsored by the Office of Minority Health, offers the latest resources and tools to promote cultural and linguistic competency in health care. It provides free and accredited continuing education programs for physicians, physician assistants, and nurse practitioners.
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. With growing concerns about health inequities and the need for health care systems to reach increasingly diverse patient populations, cultural competence has become more and more a matter of national concern. Providers can take the first step to improve the quality of health care services given to diverse populations. By learning to be more aware of their own cultural beliefs and more responsive to those of their patients, providers can think in ways they might not have before. That can lead to self-awareness and, over time, changed beliefs and attitudes that will translate into better health care.