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About the Center

Services

In partnership with Federal, state and local organizations, we aim to improve the delivery of culturally-responsive, patient-and family-centered care to diverse populations through:

Education and Training

  • Integrating multicultural education into health professions curricula.

  • Infusing multicultural education into residency and fellowship training programs in hospital and ambulatory care settings.

  • Providing cultural diversity workshops and seminars for faculty, administration, and staff.

  • Offering clinical cultural competency courses, workshops, and programs to practicing physicians and other health care professionals.

 

Technical Assistance/Consultation

  • Serving as a multicultural education resource center for information about family-centered health care and ethnic and cultural diversity.

  • Assisting health care organizations (e.g., managed care organizations, hospitals, ambulatory care facilities, and home health care agencies) in the delivery of culturally and linguistically appropriate services to diverse populations.

  • Collaborating with local communities to assess their health care needs and strengths/assets and to develop culturally-responsive service delivery programs.

  • Advising state and local government in the development and implementation of policies and procedures relating to culturally and linguistically appropriate health care.

 

Research and Evaluation

  • Evaluating the effectiveness of clinical cultural competency training programs for physicians and other health care professionals.

  • Evaluating the effectiveness of organizational cultural competency training programs for health care organizations.

  • Conducting outcomes research on selected health and illness problems in various racial, ethnic, and socio-cultural groups.

  • Conducting health services and policy research relating to culturally competent health care.

 

Selected examples of major cross-cultural training, technical assistance and research initiatives the CHFCD has actively participated in include:

  • California Endowment "Principles and Recommended Standards for Cultural Competence Education of Health Care Professionals"/Cultures in the Clinic project (http://www.calendow.org/reference/publications/pdf/cultural/TCE0215-2003_Principles_and.pdf)
  • National Committee on Quality Assurance (NCQA) Culturally and Linguistically Applied Services (CLAS) Awards Expert Panel, Minority Grants Advisory Panel and Multicultural Quality Improvement Project
  • Georgetown University National Center for Cultural Competence, "Cultural Competence Health Practitioner Assessment Instrument" and Cultural and Linguistic Competency Policy Assessment” projects (http://www11.georgetown.edu/research/gucchd/nccc)
  • UMDNJ/Robert Wood Johnson Medical School (RWJMS) Four National Conferences on Culturally Competent Care (http://www2.umdnj.edu/fmedweb/chfcd/conferences.htm)
  • Network Omni Caring with CLAS: cultural competence in health care CME/CE program (http://www.networkomni.com/collateral/NetworkOmni_Caring_with_CLAS_Brochure.pdf)
  • UMDNJ Continuing Medical Education Multicultural Education Programs - "REACH: Realizing Equity Across Cultures in Healthcare" and "Building Cultural Competency in Clinical Practice" (Eden Communications/Pfizer)
  • The Praxis Partnership -- Division of CME, University of Alabama School of Medicine; Division of CME, Vanderbilt University School of Medicine; and Nexus Communications, Inc. “Initiative for Decreasing Disparities in Depression (I3D)” (project supported by Wyeth Pharmaceuticals) (http://www.i-3d.org)
  • American Medical Student Association’s (AMSA) Achieving Diversity in Dentistry and Medicine through Implementing Cultural Competency Curricular Guidelines for Medical Schools Program, “Transforming the Curriculum at Robert Wood Johnson Medical School: Educating Students and Faculty about Culturally Competent Patient Centered Care” grant (http://www.amsa.org/addm)
  • Montana State University – Bozeman/Health and Human Development. “Messengers for Health grant” (Indian Health Service health care providers)
  • Bildner Family Foundation New Jersey Campus Diversity Initiative - "Developing Cultural Competency at UMDNJ"
  • Northeast Consortium on Cross Cultural Medical Cultural Medical Education and Practice
  • American Journal of Multicultural Medicine Series (Liberty Communications Network/Cardinal Health)
  • MDNG: Focus on Multicultural Health Care publication, Physician Editor-in-Chief (http://www.hcplive.com/mdnglive/FOCUS-MulticulturalHealthcare)
  • Diversity in Health and Care journal, Editorial Advisory Board
  • Medscape and UMDNJ Center for Continuing and Outreach Education, Health Diversity Resource Center Initiative and Health Disparities/Cultural Competency Online Education programs (http://www.medscape.com/resource/healthdiverse)
  • (http://ccoe.umdnj.edu/catalog/culturalcompetency/index.htm)
  • Aetna Foundation-funded research project, "Assessing the Impact of Cultural Competency Training Using Participatory Quality Improvement Methods"
  • (http://www2.umdnj.edu/fmedweb/chfcd/aetna_foundation.htm)
  • South Asian Total Health Initiative (SATHI), Department of Pediatrics, UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School

(http://www2.umdnj.edu/pidweb/sathi_pgm.htm)

  • American College of Cardiology CREDO (Coalition to Reduce Disparities in Cardiovascular Outcomes) Initiative

(http://www.cardiosource.org/ACC/credo.aspx)

  • American Heart Association Cultural Competency Initiative