Teaching Cultural Competence in Allied Health Professions in California


Susan A. Chapman, Tim Bates, Ed O'Neil, Melanie Chan, Fred Donini-Lenhoff

Feb 2008

Allied health workers are a critical component of health care delivery. Studies suggest that a diverse workforce is more likely to provide culturally sensitive health care and ultimately reduce health disparities in the population. In recent years there has been increased attention on training the allied health workforce to be culturally competent. Several accrediting bodies require that cultural competence be included in the curriculum of health education programs. This issue brief assesses the extent of compliance by analyzing data collected on health professions training programs in California and by performing an in-depth review of course content for selected programs.