Wyoming Health Council
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Cultural Competency
The Wyoming Health Council’s mission is to assure access to family planning and other health care services and provide educational opportunities that are affordable and culturally competent. The Wyoming Health Council provides training and education to help people assess and develop their own skills to become culturally competent.  Playing a role in enhancing cultural and linguistic competency in health care is one way the Wyoming Health Council contributes to reducing health care disparities to improve the health and educational outcomes of people from diverse cultural backgrounds.

For more information or to request a cultural competency workshop, please contact:

Susie Markus
Project Manager, Outreach and Education
Wyoming Health Council

These links may be helpful to you or your organization in assessing and enhancing cultural and linguistic competency:

http://www.minorityhealth.hhs.gov/templates/browse.aspx?lvl=1&lvlID=3 – U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Minority Health Cultural Competency Section – Provides definitions, explanation of importance of cultural and linguistic competency in health care, guides and tools, and information on policies, initiatives, laws, and standards.

http://www.minorityhealth.hhs.gov/templates/browse.aspx?lvl=1&lvlid=46 – The National Partnership for Action to End Health Disparities – Provides resources to mobilize and connect individuals and organizations across the country to create a Nation free of health disparities, with quality health outcomes for all people.

http://www.hrsa.gov/culturalcompetence/ - The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Health Resources and Services Administration’s section on Cultural Competence Resources for Health Care Providers – Provides assessment tools, culture/language specific guides for working with specific populations and communities, research findings, and technical assistance resources.

http://www.ahrq.gov/research/cultural.htm - The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality’s document on Setting the Agenda for Research on Cultural Competence in Healthcare – This document examines how cultural competence affects health care delivery and health outcomes, and it is sponsored by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) and the Office of Minority Health (OMH). Part 1 of the report, which is presented here, comprises the introduction and key findings.

http://www.champsonline.org/ToolsProducts/CrossDiscResources/CulturalCompetency.html - The Community Health Association of Mountain/Plains States (CHAMPS) has developed a new online resource to aid Community Health Centers in serving the health needs of culturally diverse populations. The new Cultural Competency web page provides information of the definition of cultural competence, why it is important, and resources for health care professionals.

http://www.rwjf.org/qualityequality/product.jsp?id=39591 – The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation - Clear communication is a cornerstone of patient safety and quality health care. The More Than Words Toolkit Series, a new resource developed by Hablamos Juntos with support from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, clarifies the translation process and provides a roadmap to help health care organizations improve the quality of their translated materials in order to get better results.

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