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ERIC Number: ED500290
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Dec
Pages: 24
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
Initial Report of the Task Force on Cultural Competence Education in the Health Sciences
New Mexico Higher Education Department
This report summarizes the findings and recommendations of the Task Force on Cultural Competence Education and represents the distillation of the Task Force's efforts to fulfill its legislative charge. The report is intended to facilitate a statewide conversation about the health services provided to New Mexico's multicultural citizenry. It addresses potential best practices for preparing healthcare practitioners to work with patients from varying backgrounds and unique cultural traditions, and represents an initial attempt to compile information that is pertinent to the ultimate creation of a culturally and linguistically competent curricula for health-related educational fields. Summary of major findings include: (1) Nationally, the medical professions have not yet developed model curricula on Cultural Competence; (2) Efforts to create Cultural Competent curricula must be profession-specific and aimed at creating a knowledge and skill set based on the discipline; (3) For these reasons, and after broad consultation with representatives from the various health fields, the Task Force feels it would be best to develop profession-specific approaches rather than one single curriculum; and (4) Certain professions in New Mexico, such as Social Work, have tied Cultural Competence standards to accreditation criteria for academic programs and require testing of that competence for licensure. An appendix includes National Standards on Culturally and Linguistically Appropriate Services (CLAS). Bibliography and resource list is included. (Contains 4 footnotes.) [This document was published by the New Mexico Higher Education Department.]
New Mexico Higher Education Department. 1608 Cerrillos Road, Santa Fe, NM 87505. Tel: 505-476-6500; Fax: 505-476-6511; Web site:
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: New Mexico