Cultural humility is defined can be understood as the recognition of the impact of an individual's culture has on health behaviors, and calls for healthcare providers to deliver care in a manner cognizant and respectful of that culture. Cultural humility is the extension of culturally competent care, which highlights the communication skills and belief system necessary to deliver high quality and appropriate care to all members of our community. When appropriate and competent care is not available, health inequalities occur. Social determinants of health, as indicated below, is a key concept when discussing healthcare in this realm.
This website provides plain language health education resources for health care professionals and others working among populations who may not speak English as their primary language. Users can search by keywords, health topic, or language.
NIMHD envisions an America in which all populations will have an equal
opportunity to live long, healthy, and productive lives. To accomplish this,
NIMHD raises national awareness about the prevalence and impact of
health disparities and disseminates effective individual-, community-,
and population-level interventions to reduce and encourage elimination
of health disparities (NIMHD, 2023)
The website provides information about immigration, cultural norms and values, experience with Western medicine, culture specific information and tools pertinent to the clinical encounter and translated/culturally tailored information for patients. For information relevant to specific cultures, click the cultures tab in the bar at the top)
This website, created and maintained by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), has numerous resources to support your work. Pay special attention to the population profiles to find information specific to population groups and also check out resources on Cultural Competence and Humility.