Hamilton Health Sciences
Cultural and Diversity Resources for Health Care Professionals

Professional Development & Training

 A Clinician's Guide to Reduce Cardiovascular Disparities

This interactive learning tool was created to educate physicians on effective cross-cultural approaches to care for African-American patients with cardiovascular disease, especially hypertension. (United States)

A Physician's Practical Guide to Culturally Competent Care

This is a self-directed training course for physicians and other health care professionals with a specific interest in cultural competency in the provision of care. To train physicians to care for diverse populations, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' (HHS') Office of Minority Health (OMH) has commissioned the Cultural Competency Curriculum Modules (CCCMs). These modules, encompassed in "A Physician's Practical Guide to Culturally Competent Care", will help equip physicians and other health care professionals with competencies that will enable them to better treat the increasingly diverse patient population. This site contains a variety of self assessments, case studies, video vignettes, learning points, pre and post-tests, as well as the opportunity to submit feedback and see what other participants think about the cases and content. (United States)

Addressing Health Literacy, Cultural Competency and Limited English Proficiency

This webpage developed by the U.S. Department of Health & Human Resources, provides a free on line learning tool designed to help health care professionals improve patient communication skills, increase awareness and knowledge of cultural competency and implement patient centered communication practices that demonstrate cultural competency and appropriately address patients with limited health literacy and low English proficiency. (United States)

CERIS: The Ontario Metropolis Center

This site provides information on publications, presentations, conferences, workshops, courses and events pertaining to issues (including health) of resettlement and integration of refugees and immigrants in Ontario. (Canada)

Culturally Competent Nursing Care: A Cornerstone of Caring

This is a free online educational program designed specifically for nurses and is accredited by the American Nurses Credentialing Center. Although credit does not apply to Canadian nurses, they can still benefit from the useful case scenarios. The course features video-based case studies and interactive tools that can be completed anytime and anywhere to accommodate busy nurses. The Culturally Competent Nursing Modules (CCNMs) are a case-based curriculum designed to help nurses better meet the cultural and linguistic needs of an increasingly diverse patient population. The United States Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Minority Health (OMH) is supporting the development of these modules as part of their mission to improve the health of racial and ethnic minority populations and eliminate disparities in health. (United States)

Measuring Health Disparities

This is a free interactive computer-based course provided by the Michigan Public Health Training Center. This course focuses on how to understand, define and measure health disparity in communities. The material is divided into four content sections. Parts one and two review what health disparities are, how they are defined and provide an overview of common issues faced in measuring health disparities. Parts three and four introduce users to a range of health disparity measures, provide advantages and disadvantages of each and discuss how best to use different measures to communicate and evaluate health disparities in communities. (United States)

The Health Promotion Hub

The Health Promotion Hub at Health Nexus supports individuals, organizations and communities working with broad populations or specific groups, to encourage and strengthen their capacity in health promotion, drawing upon their own assets to promote health and well-being. Organizations include those in the health sector such as public health units and CHCs, as well as other NGOs and groups from diverse communities. (Ontario, Canada)


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