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Cultural Competence

The paper must demonstrate independent ideas and conclusions. At a minimum, the following topics must be well articulated in the paper.

Assignment Requirements:
•    Based upon current evidence-based research, explain how cultural competence improves health outcomes.
•    Identify the differences between cultural awareness, cultural sensitivity, and cultural competence.
•    Discuss why geographic regions, such as Appalachia, are often associated with a particular culture.
•    Below is a list of five cultural factors that can have a significant impact on health outcomes. For each factor, give an example of how a particular culture (African Americans) may affect the health and development of a pediatric patient.
•    Health Beliefs
•    Health Customs
•    Religious Beliefs
•    Dietary Customs
•    Conduct a brief cultural self-assessment that includes:
•    What culture do you identify with?
•    How does your culture view diversity?
•    Explain the impact of your culture on healthcare decisions.
•    Explain how your culture views the dying process.
•    Are there any particular customs, foods, holidays, and beliefs that strongly represent your culture?

Remember that discussion of each topic requires citations that are current (less than 5 years old) and relevant.

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