Skip banner and top navigation Logo and Link - National Institutes of Health Logo and Link - National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute
Cultural Competence Online for Medical Practice (CCOMP) - A Clinician's Guide to Reduce Cardiovascular Disparities
Logo and Link - University of Alabama at Birmingham
Skip top navigation and go to content

Cross-cultural Care and Cultural Competence

  • Cultural competence is the understanding of diverse attitudes, beliefs, behaviors, practices, and communication patterns attributable to a variety of factors (such as race, ethnicity, religion, SES, historical and social context, physical or mental ability, age, gender, sexual orientation, or generational and acculturation status).
  • A health care provider is cultural competent when he/she is able to deliver culturally appropriate and specifically tailored care to patients with diverse values, beliefs, and behaviors.
  • Providing culturally competent care is an advocated strategy for reducing heath disparities.

National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI)


Skip footer links and go to content
Objectives and Credit Information  Who funds this site?  About Us  Site Map  CCOMP Home