Enhancing the cultural competency of health care organizations

Academic Article


  • According to the Census, racial/ethnic minority populations are growing at such a fast rate that by 2050 more than 50% of the population will belong to a minority group (US Census, 2001). The increasing diversity of the U.S. population is one of the many changes that health care delivery organizations need to proactively address in order to better serve their community and improve their performance. In this paper, we argue that cultural competency not only is important from a societal perspective, i.e., reducing health disparities, but can also be a strategy for health care organizations to improve quality, lower cost, and attract customers. We provide detailed recommendations for health care leaders and managers to adopt in order to successfully serve a diverse patient population. © 2011 by Emerald Group Publishing Limited. All rights of reproduction in any form reserved.
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    Author List

  • Weech-Maldonado R; Al-Amin M; Nishimi RY; Salam F
  • Start Page

  • 43
  • End Page

  • 67
  • Volume

  • 10