Multicultural Health

Cultural Competency

“Culture competence is a combination of awareness, knowledge, skills, attitudes and behaviors, which, when applied in the health care setting, results in a maximally beneficial outcome for both the patient and the provider” (Garcia, n.d).

A general framework for cultural competence from Stanford’s Ethnicity and Medicine course:

Flowchart of cultural competence. Dropdown to Awareness, Skills (Clinical/Communication), Attitudes, Behaviors, Knowledge (of self and others). Dropdown to social-cultural aspects of medicine, relevance of ethnicity in clinical encounters, biomedical role of race and ethnicity, significance of SES on health behavior for racial and ethnic groups, social needs of migrant, immigrant, and refugee patient population.

This curated guide pulls together resources from Lane Medical Library, Stanford Libraries and other campus resources, in addition to government resources on several aspects of multicultural health. For a broad selection of resources that covers cultural competency in various disciplines, search Lane for "cultural competency".


Garcia, R. (n.d.) Ethnicity and Medicine - FAM MED 244 (Hum Bio 121E). Stanford Medicine - Office of Diversity in Medical Education.