Culturally Effective Health Care - 2017

Welcome to the training on culturally effective health care provided by the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) and the Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC).


The goal of this module is to introduce Texas Health Steps providers and others to best practices for promoting culturally effective health care and to increase the ability of providers to resolve health-care issues related to the diverse characteristics of patients and their families.

Target Audience

Texas Health Steps providers and other interested health-care professionals.

Specific Learning Objectives

After completing the activities of this module, you will be able to:

  1. Recognize what is meant by culturally effective health care in the context of providing health-care services for children and adolescents.
  2. Indicate two of five ways in which professional ethics can affect the delivery of culturally effective health care.
  3. Choose two of nine principles of medical ethics.
  4. Distinguish one of six example situations that may impair a patient’s ability to give informed consent.
  5. Determine the legal implication of informed consent under the Texas Medical Liability and Insurance Improvement Act.
  6. Apply two of ten ways to deliver health-care services in a culturally effective manner.
  7. Establish who is best qualified to act as an interpreter between a health-care provider and a patient who is not proficient in English.
  8. Indicate the role that culturally effective health care plays in establishing and maintaining medical homes for children.
  9. Specify two of three action steps that lead to improved culturally effective health care in health-care settings.
  10. Select two places to access additional information and resources that can help ensure that health care for children, adolescents, and their families is culturally effective.

Please note this module expires on 6/2/2017.

Note: The terms culturally effective health care and culturally competent health care have similar meanings, and you will see references and resources in this module for cultural competence. This module uses the term culturally effective health care as adopted by the American Academy of Pediatrics.

Throughout this module, the term caregiver refers to parents, legal guardians, family members, or others who may be responsible for a child’s health care.