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Cross Cultural Perspectives on Health and Healing

What does cultural "competence" mean? Certainly no one can become familiar with all cultural health beliefs held by the diverse populations in the U.S. Remember also that, 1] cultures change, so understanding health and healing beliefs is an ongoing process, and 2] not every person in a society holds exactly the same beliefs. 

Becoming culturally competent contributes to effective program development, and helps providers ask relevant questions to ensure the best health care outcomes possible - while helping to avoid potentially harmful misunderstandings.

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