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Cultural Competency for the Health Professional

Author(s): Patti R. Rose, MPH, EdD, President and Founder, Rose Consulting, Miami, Florida
  • ISBN-13: 9781449672126
  • Product With Access Code    232 pages      © 2013
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Cultural Competency for the Health Professional reviews the importance of the implementation of cultural competency by allied health professionals, and the process of assessment, training and evaluation. This comprehensive text includes a clear and concise overview of the necessary tools to apply cultural competency processes as well as systematic and disciplined approaches to the process of achieving it. Attention is also given to some of the reservations that may exist in various health professions with interests in moving in the direction of cultural competency such as associated costs, limited time, and beyond. Cultural Competency for the Health Professional provides health professions students with key cultural competency information and practical insight into how to apply this knowledge in their day-to-day work environments as they deal with patients on a clinical basis.

Interview With Dr. Shalala
Chapter 10 includes an interview with Dr. Shalala conducted by the author of this text. Dr. Donna Shalala is currently the President of the University of Miami, in Florida.  She has been in this position since 2001.  Prior to her current role, she was appointed by President Clinton to serve as U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) and held this position for 8 years which amounted to the longest serving HHS Secretary in U.S. history to date.  She was responsible for a budget of almost $600 billion, overseeing a number of programs such as Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, Child Care and Head Start, Welfare, the Public Health Service, the National Institute of Health (NIH), The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)  and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) (Shalala,2011).


  • Overview of the demographic changes in the United States
  • Accreditation requirements (programmatic, specialized and institutional)
  • Cultural nuances of specific groups
  • Comprehensive view of the Culturally and Linguistically Appropriate Services (CLAS) standards with an emphasis on the clinical aspect of various allied health professions
  • Attitudinal survey with established reliability and validity


  • Case Studies
  • PowerPoint Presentations
  • Over 150 Test Questions

A Companion Site including:

  • Additional Case Studies
  • Crossword Puzzles
  • Flash Cards
  • Interactive Glossary
  • Acronyms Glossary
  • Acronyms Flashcards
  • Matching Exercises
  • Web Links

Features & Benefits

Pedagogical Features

  • Key Terms
  • Chapter Objectives
  • Chapter Exercises
  • Suggested Readings
  • Website Resources for Further Research
  • Glossary

Applicable Courses

Selected Topics in the Allied Health Professions
The Allied Health Work Experience
Introduction to Allied Health

Chapter  1  Introduction
Chapter  2  Overview and Specific Details of Various Racial, Cultural and Ethnic Groups
Chapter  3  The Relevance of Cultural Competency to the Various Health Professions
Chapter  4  Health Professions and Understanding Cultural Concerns
Chapter  5  The Educational System in the United States and the Intersection of Cultural Competence and Health Literacy
Chapter  6  Cultural Competency and the Need to Eliminate Health Disparities
Chapter  7  Cultural Competence and Assesment
Chapter  8  Cultural Competence Training
Chapter  9  Case Studies
Chapter  10  Health Care Reform and Economic Concerns Regarding Cultural Competencey
Chapter  11  The Psychosocial Impact of Culturally Incompetent Health Care
Chapter  12  Health Professionals and the Paradigm Shift
Chapter  13  Culturally and Linguistically Appropriate Services (CLAS) Standards: An Overview
Chapter  14  The Ultimate Challenge: Educational and Institutional Considerations for the Health Professions
Appendix  I  Cultural Competent Assessment Survey: Executive Team and Management
Appendix  II  Cultural Competent Assessment Survey: Staff
Appendix  III  Cultural Competent Assessment Survey: Providers
Appendix  IV  Glossary of Terms
Appendix  V  Websites and Resources
Appendix  VI  Sample Cultural Competence Plan
Appendix  VII  Cultural Competence Information for Selected
Appendix  VIII  Sample Focus Group Questions for Qualitative Cultural Competence Research
Appendix  IX  Acronyms

Patti R. Rose, MPH, EdD-President and Founder, Rose Consulting, Miami, Florida

Dr. Patti Rose acquired her Master’s Degree (MPH) in Health Services Administration from the Yale University School of Public Health followed by her Doctorate (Ed.D) in Health Education from Columbia University, Teachers College. She is currently a Visiting Assistant Professor for the University of Miami (UM) Africana and American Studies Programs for which she has developed new courses entitled Black Women in Medicine and Healing, Race and Healthcare in America, African Women in the Diaspora and Contemporary Issues in America. Formerly, she served as CEO of Rose Consulting, Inc. followed by CEO of Plainfield Health Center in Plainfield, NJ.  Prior to that she served as Vice President of Behavioral Health Services at Economic Opportunity Family Health Center (EOFHC), Inc., one of the largest community health centers in the nation, located in Miami, FL and Consultant for that organization. She has also held the title of Lecturer for the Yale University School of Public Health, Adjunct Professor for the UM Education Department and Executive MBA Program as well as for the Barry University Health Services Administration Program, Associate Professor at Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale, FL and Assistant Professor at Florida International University in Miami, FL (graduate level Public Health  programs). Her professional affiliations have included the American College of Health Care Executives, the American Public Health Association, the Black Executive Forum, and the National Association of Health Services Executives. She was inducted into the Public Health Service Honor Roll at the Yale University School of Public Health for her long term commitment to public health service and was appointed by the U.S. Department of Commerce, National Institute of Standards and Technology to serve in the capacity of Examiner on the 2004 Board of Examiners of the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award. Dr. Rose has been married for 24 years and is the mother of two young adults.


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  • "This is an excellent book that treats the different racial groups in a way that maintains dignity and respect for the minority group. It is a great introduction to Cultural Competency. It is far superior to the book we are currently using in our Health Communication class which has a very condescending, ethnocentric tone and no references section for students to expand on their learning."

    ~ Diana Pham, Professor, Heald College

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