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TB Notes 4, 2004
No. 4, 2004
TB Education and Training Network Updates
TB ETN Cultural Competency Subcommittee Update
“Scientists do not resist investigation of the human genome because
it represents too much variety; the same scientific logic works
equally well for sorting and classifying information about culture,
ethnicity, and race.”1
The Institute of Medicine report cited above states that the goal
in cultural competency education is to increase public health professionals’
cultural awareness, knowledge of self and others, communication
skills, attitudes, and behaviors. To this end, the Cultural Competency
Subcommittee of TB ETN is composed of TB trainers, educators, and
controllers who are passionate about cultural competency and its
application to TB control activities. The goal of the Cultural Competency
Subcommittee is to inculcate the value of providing culturally and
linguistically appropriate services among TB ETN members.
If you are interested in joining this subcommittee, please send
an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Cultural Competency Subcommittee is currently focused on compiling
a cultural competency resource list. The list includes organizations
that provide cultural competency–related services, cultural competency
assessment tools, and references to cultural competency–related
published research. The resource list will be printed and included
in the TB ETN conference binder. The group also plans to meet at
the TB ETN conference in Atlanta, Georgia, to plan and discuss tasks
for the following year.
Cultural Competency Tip
By examining the successes and lessons learned among community-based
organizations, health care providers can glean several strategies
for effective outreach. Listen for the community’s agenda and assign
your priorities based on their expressed needs. Reach into the community
through existing, respected groups, select culturally relevant media
or materials to convey your message, and target whole families with
understanding and respect. Make certain that outreach materials
are not simple translations from English but rather are developed
by persons familiar with the language, literacy level, and culture
of the specific target subgroup.2
—Submitted by Chris Ogolla, MA, MPH
TB ETN Cultural Competency Subcommittee
- The Institute of Medicine. Who Will Keep the Public Healthy.
Educating Public Health Professionals for the 21st Century. Washington
DC: National Academy Press; 2003.
- The National Alliance for Hispanic Health. A Primer for
Cultural Proficiency: Towards Quality Health Services for Hispanics.
Washington, DC: Estrella Press; 2001.
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