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Useful case studies from the American Academy of Family Physicians on the American Medical Student Association website. Covers: preferential treatment, cultural beliefs in a scientific presentation, affirmative action, racial stereotyping, effect of racial bias, misinformation.

"Diversity Rx is a clearinghouse of information on how to meet the language and cultural needs of minorities, immigrants, refugees and other diverse populations seeking health care." Highlights why language and culture are important in the provision of health care. Sponsored by the National Conference of State Legislatures, Resources for Cross Cultural Health Care, Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation.

This is a free, online course for health professionals designed to improve patient communication; increase awareness of health literacy, cultural competency, and low English proficiency; and to implement patient-centered communication practices to address those areas.

The EthnoMed site is produced by the Harborview Medical Center and "contains information about cultural beliefs, medical issues and other related issues pertinent to the health care of recent immigrants to Seattle, many of whom are refugees fleeing war-torn parts of the world." Culture specific information includes that provided for Amharic, Cambodian, chinese, Eritrean, Ethiopian, Mexican, Oromo, Somali, Tigrean, and Vietamese groups.

"The mission of the National Center for Cultural Competence (NCCC) is to increase the capacity of health care and mental health programs to design, implement and evaluate culturally and linguistically competent service delivery systems." Includes links to valuable resources.

This site from the National Library of Medicine is a national collaborative partnership managed by refugee health professionals whose objective is to provide quality multilingual, health informaiton resources for those providing care to resettled refugees and asylees.

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