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Resources by Topic: Culture and cultural competency

Feasibility of an Evidence-Based Weight Loss Intervention for a Faith-Based, Rural, African American Population
Discusses a culturally appropriate program created by a coalition of academic and community partners and geared toward adults in three African American churches in the Arkansas Lower Mississippi Delta. Measured effectiveness of recruitment strategies, program retention, implementation ease, participant outcomes, and program satisfaction.
Author(s): Karen Hye-cheon Kim Yeary, Carol E. Cornell, Jerome Turner, et al.
Citation: Preventing Chronic Disease, 8(6)
Date: 11/2011
Type: Document
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Assessment of Awareness of Connectedness as a Culturally-Based Protective Factor for Alaska Native Youth
Describes development of the Awareness of Connectedness Scale, a quantitative scale tested with 284 Alaska Native youth to assess risk, resiliency, and change, based on cultural concepts of disorder, wellness, and healing.
Author(s): Nathaniel V. Mohatt, Carlotta C. Ting Fok, Rebekah Burket, David Henry, James Allen
Citation: Cultural Diversity and Ethnic Minority Psychology, 17(4), 444–455
Date: 10/2011
Type: Document
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Telephone-Based Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy for Latino Patients Living in Rural Areas: A Randomized Pilot Study
Highlights a pilot study on a culturally competent cognitive-behavioral therapy that uses the telephone to connect with rural Latinos in Washington State. Compares treatment to an enhanced primary care treatment for depression. Breaks down data by age, gender, and nativity, among other factors.
Author(s): Megan Dwight-Johnson, Eugene Aisenberg, Daniela Golinelli, et al.
Citation: Psychiatric Services, 62(8), 936-942
Date: 08/2011
Type: Document
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Addressing the Health Needs of Rural Native Veterans: Assessment and Recommendations
Provides an assessment of current challenges, barriers, and issues related to the healthcare needs of rural Native veterans and offers recommendations to improve healthcare for this population.
Author(s): Tim D. Noe, Carol E. Kaufman, Elizabeth A. Brooks, et al.
Citation: Journal of Rural Social Sciences, 26(3), 137-156
Date: 2011
Type: Document
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The Community Pulling Together: A Tribal Community-University Partnership Project to Reduce Substance Abuse and Promote Good Health in a Reservation Tribal Community
Highlights a study on the role that collaborative relationships between tribal communities and universities can play in conducting research into alcohol and drug abuse in American Indian and Alaska Native populations. Details a collaboration between the Suquamish Tribe and the University of Washington, and the culturally sensitive substance abuse program the partnership was able to design for youth in the Suquamish community.
Author(s): Lisa R. Thomas, Dennis M. Donovan, Robin LW. Sigo, Lisette Austin, G. Alan Marlatt
Citation: Journal of Ethnicity in Substance Abuse, 8(3), 283-300
Date: 07/2009
Type: Document
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Disaster Preparedness Training for Tribal Leaders
Describes a disaster preparedness training program for tribal leaders conducted in Arizona. Discusses the role of cultural competency, respect for tribal sovereignty, solicitation of historical examples of indigenous preparedness, and incorporation of tribal community networks in the success of the program.
Author(s): Wayne F. Peate, Jennie Mullins
Citation: Journal of Occupational Medicine and Toxicology, 3, 2
Date: 01/2008
Type: Document
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Rural Crime and Policing in American Indian Communities
Examines crime and policing in Indian communities, including the historical development of Indian tribal policy. Identifies major factors limiting implementation of effective police forces in Indian communities.
Author(s): L. Edward Wells, David N. Falcone
Citation: Southern Rural Sociology, 23(2), 199-225
Date: 2008
Type: Document
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Rural Hospitals and Spanish Speaking Patients with Limited English Proficiency
Explores how rural hospitals are meeting the needs of patients with Limited English Proficiency (LEP), based on a survey of rural hospitals in counties with large established Latino populations and counties with high growth in Latino population between 1990 and 2000. Describes language services provided. Identifies barriers and strengths for providing these services.
Additional links: Fact Sheet
Author(s): Myriam E. Torres, Deborah Parra-Medina, Amy Brock Martin, et al.
Date: 10/2005
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Rural and Minority Health Research Center (formerly the South Carolina Rural Health Research Center)
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Transforming the Face of Health Professions Through Cultural and Linguistic Competence Education: The Role of the HRSA Centers of Excellence
A compendium providing practical guidance in the form of strategies, tools, and resources for HRSA Centers of Excellence implementing and integrating cultural and linguistic competency content and methods into existing academic programs. It also provides guidance for evaluating cultural and linguistic competency efforts.
Date: 03/2005
Type: Document
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Broken Promises: Evaluating the Native American Health Care System
Describes the health disparities facing the Native American community, contributing barriers to healthcare access, and recommendations for improvement.
Date: 09/2004
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: U.S. Commission on Civil Rights
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