Do you want to learn more on the subject of cultural diversity in healthcare?

You can explore the topic further by clicking on the Web sites listed below. They contain helpful information, as well as extensive bibliographies on the subject. If you know of any others I should add, please let me know. I'll be updating this section regularly.

Links are arranged according to topic. Scroll down to find the relevant topic. They include:

General sites

Ethnic/Religious Groups
Female Genital Mutilation/Female Circumcision
Mental Health
Religious Groups
Traditional Medicine

Bibliographic References
Links to Websites & Articles
Academic Organizatons
Resources for MDs and RNs


The Provider's Guide to Quality & Culture
This comprehensive website is designed for clinicians to help them provide culturally competent healthcare. It contains an interesting Quality & Culture Quiz, as well as information on several ethnic groups, along with links and other resources.

EthnoMed Home Page
Contains information about cultural beliefs, medical issues and other related issues pertinent to the health care of recent immigrants to Seattle, many of whom are refugees fleeing war-torn parts of the world.

Cultural Competence Resources for Health Care Providers.
The US Department of Health Resources and Services Administration site contains links to websites and articles that can be used by health care providers. It includes information on assessment tools, culture and language specific groups, and specific diseases/conditions associated with various ethnic groups, as well as information on training curricula.

Cross Cultural Health Care Program
Contains information on cultural competency training, interpreter training, and research projects.

Medical Anthropology
An online tutorial on how illness is traditionally perceived and cured around the world. It was created and is maintained by Dr. Dennis O'Neil, BehavioralSciences Department, Palomar College, San Marcos, California.

American Academy of Pediatrics
Culturally Effective Care Toolkit to help practicing pediatricans and their office staff provide culturally effective care to their patients and families.

Think Cultural Health
This government website includes the latest information regarding CLAS (Culturally and Linguistically Appropriate Service in Health and Health Care) Standards.

Specific Topics


Heart Healthy Recipes
Downloadable,heart-healthy cookbooks from the NIH on African American, Asian, Latino, and other dishes.

Food and Nutrition Information Center. Ethnic/Cultural Topic Page
Information on diet, health, and disease in a variety of ethnic groups.


Minority Health
The CDC's website on minority health, with links to information, publications, reports, and resources.

End of Life

Culturally Diverse Communities and End of Life Care
The American Academy of Family Physicians guidelines on end-of-life care for various ethnic communities.

Ethnic/Religious Groups

Fact sheet on working with the Amish, put out by Ohio State University

Internation Strategy and Policy Institute guidelines for health care providers when caring for Muslim patients and their families.

Native Americans
This National Library of Medicine website contains links to articles on many topics related to Native American health care, including traditional healing.

Female Genital Mutilation/Female Circumcision

Female Genital Mutilation Education & NetworkingProject
This extensive web site includes articles, case studies, discussion lists, and networking information.

Genetic Counseling

Genetic Counseling
Cultural and Linguistic Competence Toolkit for genetic counselors.


Curriculum in Ethnogeriatrics
Designed as a teaching tool, this contains five modules on caring for the elderly across cultures.There are also 11 ethnic-specific modules, including African American, Hispanic/Latino, Chinese, Filipino, and Pakistani.


Health Information Translations
Provides handouts with information about health topics in multiple languages.

Medical Spanish for Healthcare Providers
The site is presented as a free medical Spanish immersion, with vocabulary including greetings, history, examination, and everyday speech, all with translation and audio. It is designed to be helpful for a variety of medical personnel.

Traditional Medicine

Folk Medicine
Bibliography with direct links to articles on traditional medicine in a wide variety of cultures, provided by the Open Directory Project.

Links to Articles and Websites

Office of Minority Health: Think Cultural Health
Access to free Cultural Competency Continuing Education Programs for physicians and nurses, as well as a web-based interactive tool to assist healthcare organizations in planning, implementing, and evaluating language access services.

Cultural Competence Resources
List of resources that provide information about cultural competence. Included are organizations, general information, training workshops and conferences, policy resources, and implementation resources.

Academic Organizations

Council on Nursing and Anthropology

Society for Medical Anthropology

Transcultural Nursing Society

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