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Cultural and Linguistic Competency Requirements

In 2006, the State of California passed legislation (Assembly Bill 1195) mandating that CME providers based within California provide content on Cultural and Linguistic Competency (CLC). CME focusing on Cultural and Linguistic Competency (CLC) is one way to ensure that physicians maintain the relevant professional development necessary to reflect the changing demographic profile of California.

For more on California's Assembly Bill 1195, follow this link to the California Medical Association’s Cultural and Linguistic Competency and Implicit Bias Standards 2020 Update:

In particular, AudioDigest encourages its CME and CE participants to review the following:

Think Cultural Health is an initiative from the Office of Minority Health’s Center for Linguistic and Cultural Competence in Health Care. TCH “offers CME/CE credit and equips health care professionals with awareness, knowledge, and skills to better treat the increasingly diverse U.S. population they serve.” A Physician's Practical Guide to Culturally Competent Care.

Quality Interactions provides “cultural competency solutions to improve health outcomes and increase returns.” CME and CE credit hours can be earned through online learning.

The librarians at Loma Linda University Library have amassed a wealth of cultural competency resources for health care professionals in their web guide entitled Clinician’s Guide to Cultural Competency.

Other Resource Links Related to Cultural and Linguistic Competence

The following links are provided for AudioDigest CME and CE participants who seek further information on Cultural and Linguistic Competency in caring for their patients.

How to Identify, Understand, and Unlearn Implicit Bias in Patient Care
Feature article that identifies ways to recognize and correct unconscious assumptions that can lead to bias in patient care. Authors: Jennifer Edgoose, MD, MPH; Michelle Quiogue, MD, FAAFP, and Kartik Sidhar, MD.

CAFP's Cultural Proficiency Toolkit
Addressing Language Access Issues in Your Practice: A Toolkit for Physicians and their staff members. Sponsored by the California Academy of Family Physicians and the CAFP Foundation Supported by a Grant from the CA Endowment (2005 CAFP).

Culture Clues Patient and Family Education Resources
Culture Clues™ are tip sheets for clinicians, designed to increase awareness about concepts and preferences of patients from the diverse cultures served by University of Washington Medical Center's Patient and Family Education Services.

National Center for Cultural Competence
The website of the National Center for Cultural Competence, Georgetown University Center for Child and Human Development. The mission of the National Center for Cultural Competence (NCCC) is to increase the capacity of health and mental health programs to design, implement and evaluate culturally and linguistically competent service delivery systems.

Multicultural Toolkit
The Toolkit for Cross Cultural Collaboration (Jan 2016) funded in part by The US Office of Minority Affairs. Candia Elliott, Diversity Training Associates, R. Jerry Adams, Ph.D., Evaluation and Development Institute, and Suganya Sockalingam, Ph.D., Office of Multicultural Health, Department of Human Resources, Oregon

Language Tools to Assist Healthcare Providers

Tufts' Spiral Language Tool
Selected Patient Information Resources in Asian Languages (SPIRAL) is a joint initiative of the South Cove Community Health Center and Tufts University Hirsh Health Sciences Library, supported by a grant from the New England Region of the National Network of Libraries of Medicine, under contract NLM-00-101/SMS.

Google Translate
Google’s Online Translation Tool helps with instant translation from English to numerous languages and back (English to Spanish, Japanese, Chinese, Korean etc.)

Health Information in Multiple Languages
National Library of Medicine’s MedlinePlus portal for patient health information in multiple languages, arranged by language.

JCAHO (The Joint Commission) Content Related to Cultural and Linguistic

National CLAS Standards
“The National Standards for Culturally and Linguistically Appropriate Services in Health and Health Care (The National CLAS Standards) aim to improve healthcare quality and advance health equity by establishing a framework for organizations to serve the nation's increasingly diverse communities.” Last modified 10.02.2018.

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