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General Language & Culture Resources

Religious Traditions & Healthcare Decisions [book]
Location: Ebling Reference Collection Call number: W50 R3827t
" easily accessible reference on the beliefs and moral positions of select religious traditions regarding various clinical issues and procedures...This guide serves primarily as a supplemental resource to firsthand information from the patient or family." 

National Center for Cultural Competence
From Georgetown University's Center for Child and Human Development, the NCCC was developed to "
increase the capacity of health care and mental health care programs to design, implement, and evaluate culturally and linguistically competent service delivery systems to address growing diversity, persistent disparities, and to promote health and mental health equity."

A new initiative that promotes language and cultural competence to improve the quality of health care for minority, immigrant, and ethnically diverse communities using Web 2.0 and virtual learning tools.

Refugee Populations
Created by Cultural Orientation Resource Center, "Refugee Populations" provide short introductions to the cultural background of refugee populations, such as Burma, Meskhetian Turks, Liberians, Muslim Refugees, Hmong, Somali Bantu, Bosnians, Haitians and more. Each profile contains a basic introduction to the people, history, and culture of the group concerned.

National Center for Farmworker Health (NCFH)
Has excellent low-literacy resources.

Integrating Immigrant Families in Emergency Response, Relief and Rebuilding Efforts
A publication by the Annie E. Casey Foundation that helps service providers incorporate new refugee and immigrant populations into local emergency response efforts and addresses language barriers in emergency preparedness for Limited English Proficient (LEP) communities.

Office of Minority Health
The mission of the Office of Minority Health (OMH) is to improve and protect the health of racial and ethnic minority populations through the development of health policies and programs that will eliminate health disparities. Site also includes a section for cultural competency.   

Think Cultural Health
US Office of Minority Health CE information for health professionals.

Bringing Health Information to the Community (BHIC)
An informational blog by the National Network of Libraries of Medicine Mid-Continental Region which focuses on health information issues related to the community, especially underserved communities. 

Diversity Preparedness
The mission of the National Resource Center is to serve as a central clearinghouse of resources and an information exchange portal to facilitate communication, networking and collaboration to improve preparedness, build resilience and eliminate disparities for culturally diverse communities across all phases of an emergency.

University of Michigan Program for Multicultural Health
This site provides culturally appropriate and culturally sensitive health promotion, education and preventative programs for the University of Michigan Health System's staff and for the community at large.

The National Marrow Donor Program
Offers convenient resources and information about bone marrow and cord blood transplant for medical interpreters and other professionals who help patients and families meet their language and cultural needs. 

Health Care Providers' Handbook on Muslim Patients
This publication deals briefly with those aspects of Islam that would affect treatment of social, psychological, welfare and medical problems of Muslims. Published by the Islamic Council of Queensland.