About the Center
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.
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)
- Aetna Foundation-funded research project, "Assessing the Impact of Cultural Competency Training Using Participatory Quality Improvement Methods"
- South Asian Total Health Initiative (SATHI), Department of Pediatrics, UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School
- American College of Cardiology CREDO (Coalition to Reduce Disparities in Cardiovascular Outcomes) Initiative
- American Heart Association Cultural Competency Initiative