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Resources by Topic: Culture and cultural competency

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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Rural Health Disparities, Population Health, and Rural Culture
Commentary discussing the rural health disparities documented in Health United States, 2001, Urban and Rural Health Chartbook. Recommends branching out from the traditional focus of rural health policy and research on access to healthcare services toward initiatives that are based on models of population health. Identifies the risky health behaviors among rural populations that suggest a "rural culture" health determinant. Suggests that there may be environmental and cultural factors unique to towns or regions that affect health behavior and health.
Author(s): David Hartley
Citation: American Journal of Public Health, 94(10), 1675-1678
Date: 2004
Type: Document
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Response of Local Health Care Systems in the Rural Midwest to a Growing Latino Population
Reports findings from a study of healthcare access issues for Latinos in rural communities in Iowa, Kansas, and Nebraska. Describes successful strategies that could be adopted by other communities to address the growing Midwestern Latino population.
Author(s): Michelle Casey, Lynn Blewett, Kathleen Call
Date: 08/2003
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: University of Minnesota Rural Health Research Center
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Mental Health: Culture, Race, and Ethnicity — A Supplement to Mental Health: A Report of the Surgeon General
Provides comprehensive coverage of issues relevant to the mental health of different racial and ethnic groups. Includes some information specific to rural areas.
Date: 2001
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
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Newsletter: Mental Health in our Native American Communities
Newsletter provides information on American Indian and Alaska Native mental health. Discusses cultural competency related to suicide prevention and mental health specific to Native American communities.
Type: Journal/Newsletter
Sponsoring organization: National American Indian and Alaska Native Mental Health Technology Transfer Center
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Serving Traditional Indigenous Foods in Child Nutrition Programs
A website that compiles resources to assist child nutrition programs (CNP) in providing indigenous foods as reimbursable meals. Includes tip sheets, nutritional information, policy guidance, and more.
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: USDA Food and Nutrition Service
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Central Valley Rural Education and Health Alliance
A collaboration of rural educators, administrators, and school-based health professions working to improve education and health outcomes in California's rural Central Valley. Includes resources and promising practices to address the physical, mental, and behavioral health of students, as well as reduce chronic absences, create a positive culture, and improve school readiness, among other issues.
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: Regional Educational Laboratory Program
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Indian Health Service Upcoming Webinars
Lists the upcoming webinars by the Indian Health Service. Presents virtual discussions on a variety of topics pertaining to the health and well-being of American Indian and Alaska Native populations.
Type: Calendar/Event List
Sponsoring organization: Indian Health Service
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Urban Indian Health Institute COVID-19 Vaccine Resources
Provides information resources to address COVID-19 and vaccine hesitancy in Native American communities. Tools include vaccination messaging and conversation guides, fact sheet, social media resources, and video interviews.
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: Urban Indian Health Institute
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University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC) Infectious Diseases (ID) Project ECHO
Shares knowledge and expertise through telementoring for healthcare providers to enhance their capacity to treat complex health conditions in underserved communities. Current project aims to assist healthcare workers in identifying COVID-19 health disparities, developing targeted strategies to mitigate those disparities, and implementing quality improvement projects to promote health equity and cultural sensitivity.
Type: Calendar/Event List
Sponsoring organization: University of Nebraska Medical Center
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