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Cultural Proficiency in Addressing Health Disparities

Author(s): Sade Kosoko-Lasaki, MD, MSPH, MBA, Associate Vice President, Health Sciences, Professor, Creighton University
Cynthia Theresa Cook, PhD, Adjunct Assistant Professor, Florida A&M University
Richard L. O'Brien, MD, FACP, Professor, Creighton University
  • ISBN-13: 9780763751746
  • ISBN-10:076375174X
  • Paperback    434 pages      © 2009
Price: $161.95 US List
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This book contains important information and current statistics on health disparities within the United States.  It identifies our most vulnerable populations and offers guidelines on how to avoid cultural incompetence and promote cultural proficiency. Cultural Proficiency in Addressing Health Disparities will help us to address Healthy People 2010, which challenges individuals, communities, and professionals to take specific steps to ensure that good health, as well as long life, is enjoyed by all. This demands the ability to relate effectively to persons of many different cultures to assure collaborative participation in research (that must include minorities), clinical patient care and disease prevention.

Cultural Proficiency in Addressing Health Disparities is written by experienced health care practitioners and researchers who work every day to eliminate health disparities and produce a culturally proficient health care environment for patient, practitioner, and researchers. 

Physicians, researchers, healthcare workers, health sciences educators and students, community workers, advocates, planners, policy-makers and similar professionals in non-profit and at the government level will benefit from the information, insights and experiences recounted in this book. 


Applicable Courses

Primary Courses:

  • Public Health
  • Medical Sociology
  • Social Epidemiology
  • Demography
  • Health Care Administration
  • Health Policy
  • Health Psychology
  • Special Populations

Secondary Courses:

  • Social Stratification
  • Race and Ethnicity
  • American Cultural Minorities
  • Social Work


Chapter 1: Addressing Health Disparities in the 21st Century

Chapter 2: Race/Ethnicity, Trust, and Health Disparities: Trustworthiness, Ethics, and Action

Chapter 3: Justness, Healthcare and Health Disparities

Cultural Proficiency, Health Professionals and Health Disparities

Chapter 4: The Role of Academic Medical Centers in the Elimination of Racial and Ethnic Health Disparities

Chapter 5: Nursing Perspectives in Addressing Health Disparities

Chapter 6: Full Circle: The Qualified Medical Interpreter in the Culturally Competent Health Care System

Chapter 7: Cultural Proficiency: Challenges for Health Professionals 

Research Methodology: Health Disparities and Cultural Competency

Chapter 8: Cultural Competency Research: Description of a Methodology, Part I

Chapter 9: Cultural Competency Research: Description of a Methodology, Part II

Chapter 10: Statistical Models in Health Disparities Research 

Race/Ethnicity and Health Disparities 

Chapter 11: Addressing Health Disparities: The Hispanic Perspective

Chapter 12: Health Disparities among Native American People of the United States

Chapter 13: Addressing Health Disparities in Immigrant Populations in the United States

Chapter 14: Minority attitudes and perception of health care: A Comparison of Comments from a Cultural Competency Questionnaire and Focus Group Discussion.

States, Communities and Health Disparities

Chapter 15: Health Disparities: The Nebraska Perspective

Chapter 16: Cultural Proficiency and Health Disparity: The St. Louis, Missouri Perspective 

Chapter 17: Health Disparities in the Pediatric Age Group

Chapter 18: Addressing Health care in Communities

Chapter 19: The Relevance of Economics for Public Policies in Multidisciplinary Health Disparities Research

Chapter 20: Global and Domestic Health Disparities: Possible Solutions


Sade Kosoko-Lasaki, MD, MSPH, MBA-Associate Vice President, Health Sciences, Professor, Creighton University

Dr. Sade Kosoko-Lasaki, is the Associate Vice President for Health Sciences, and Professor in the School of Medicine, Department of Surgery (Ophthalmology), and Department of Preventive Medicine and Public Health at Creighton University, Omaha, Nebraska.

Cynthia Theresa Cook, PhD-Adjunct Assistant Professor, Florida A&M University

Dr. Cynthia Theresa Cook, is a medical sociologist and adjunct assistant professor at Florida A&M University.

Richard L. O'Brien, MD, FACP-Professor, Creighton University

Dr. Richard O’Brien is University Professor and a member of the Center for Health Policy & Ethics of Creighton University.



Janet Bonet
Nebraska Supreme Court, Certified Interpreter

Cynthia Cook

Drake Reponzil
Executive Director, Minority Health, HHSS

Annette Dula
Visiting Scholar, University of Pittsburgh

Father John P. Schlegel
President, Creighton University

Isidore Flores
Research Scientist, School of Rural Public Health, Texas A&M Heath Science Center, South Texas Center

Valda Boyd Ford
COO, Center for Human Diversity, Inc.

Gordon Gong
F. Marie Hall Institute for Rural and Community Health, Texas Tech University Health Science Center

Margaret Graham
Assistant Professor, Dept. of Psychology and Anthropology, The University of Texas Pan-American

Gleb Haynatzki

Vera Haynatzka

Cathy Hudson

Adeola Jaiyeola
Director, Northern Plains Tribal Epidemeology Center, Aberdeen Area Tribal Chairmen's Health Board

Judith Kissell
Director, Health Administration and Policy Program, Creighton University

Diane Lowe
Nebraska HHS

Nelda Mier
Assistant Professor, Social Behavioral Health Department at the Texas A&M School of Rural Public Health South Texas Center

Ann Millard
Associate Professor, Texas A&M University System HSC School, Rural Public Health, South Texas Center

Phyllis A. Nsiah-Kumi
Assistant Professor, Internal Medicine, Pediatrics, University of Nebraska Medical Center

Albert Okunade
Professor, Economics Department, The University of Memphis

Rubens Pamies
Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs/Dean for Graduate Studies, University of Nebraska Medical Center

Patti Patterson
Professor of Community Pediatrics, Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center

Frank Peak

Mike Railey
St. Louis County Health

Karl Roth
Professor & Chair, Department of Pediatrics, Creighton University School of Medicine

Esmeralda Sanchez
Program Coordinator, Texas A&M School of Rural Public Health

Wehnona Stabler
Tribal Health Director, Omaha Tribe of Nebraska

John Stone

Chutima Suraratdecha
Health Policy and Economics Officer, PATH

Ethel Williams
University of Nebraska at Omaha

M. Roy Wilson
Chancellor, University of Colorado Denver

Anthony Zhang
Nebraska DHHS

Genny Carillo Zuniga
Assistant Professor, Texas A&M, Health Science Center, School of Rural Public Health



  • "I really like that Cultural Proficiency in Addressing Health Disparities is so comprehensive!  It looks at the cultural interaction with health disparities in a unique way.  It addresses trust issues involved in Cultural Competence.  It looks at the nursing perspective of justice and ethics.  It includes instruments and stat models for research in this area. It includes specific perspectives of many groups/cultures, which is eye-opening! Lastly, the authors offer some possible solutions to the cultural issues all of today’s health care providers face!  Awesome book!"

    —Judy Hileman, ARNP, PhD, Clinical Assistant Professor, University of Missouri-Kansas City

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