Sensitive Prevention and Treatment Efforts

Sensitive Prevention and Treatment Efforts

TABLE 2.4 Individual Cultural Assessment
Source: Reprinted with permission from the Committee of the Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD) Multicultural Council.

TABLE 2.5 Organizational Cultural Assessment
Source: Reprinted with permission from the Committee of the Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD) Multicultural Council.

Establish a cultural competence board to help guide the implementation of culturally sensitive prevention and treatment efforts.

Provide ongoing training to staff members.
Individual Assessment of Cultural Competence As a member of the organization, the knowledge you have of yourself and others is important and is reflected in the ways you communicate and interact. The individual assessment instrument in Table 2.4 was developed to assist you in reflecting on and examining your journey toward cultural competence.

The following statements are about you and your cultural beliefs and values as they relate to the organization. Please check the one answer that best describes your response to each of the statements.

Organizational Assessment of Cultural Competence Table 2.5 offers a means of assessing an organization’s cultural competence. Some suggestions for achieving a culturally competent organization include the following:

Sensitive Prevention and Treatment Efforts

Maximize diversity among the workforce.

Involve community representatives in the organization’s planning and quality improvement
Develop health materials for the target population written at the appropriate literacy level, in a variety of languages, and with culturally appropriate images—this includes materials such as educational brochures, consent forms, signage, postprocedural directions, and advance directives.

Make onsite interpretation services available when possible, and be sure that all appropriate staff members are educated about how to use telephone interpretation services.

Assess customer satisfaction and clinical outcomes regularly.

Consider the health disparities that exist in your community when planning outreach efforts.

When an individual, organization, or system has implemented change to progress toward cultural competence, the change process should be measured. This is important because it can indicate the progress that has been made and identify areas that are in need of improvement. The measurement process itself can be a catalyst for change.

We have all heard an abundance of stories about how illness can occur and how it can be cured.

You must proofread your paper. But do not strictly rely on your computer’s spell-checker and grammar-checker; failure to do so indicates a lack of effort on your part and you can expect your grade to suffer accordingly. Papers with numerous misspelled words and grammatical mistakes will be penalized. Read over your paper – in silence and then aloud – before handing it in and make corrections as necessary. Often it is advantageous to have a friend proofread your paper for obvious errors. Handwritten corrections are preferable to uncorrected mistakes.

Use a standard 10 to 12 point (10 to 12 characters per inch) typeface. Smaller or compressed type and papers with small margins or single-spacing are hard to read. It is better to let your essay run over the recommended number of pages than to try to compress it into fewer pages.

Likewise, large type, large margins, large indentations, triple-spacing, increased leading (space between lines), increased kerning (space between letters), and any other such attempts at “padding” to increase the length of a paper are unacceptable, wasteful of trees, and will not fool your professor.

The paper must be neatly formatted, double-spaced with a one-inch margin on the top, bottom, and sides of each page. When submitting hard copy, be sure to use white paper and print out using dark ink. If it is hard to read your essay, it will also be hard to follow your argument.

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