Culturally Effective Health Care

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Welcome to the training on Culturally Effective Health Care provided by the Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) and the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS).


The goal of this module is to equip Texas Health Steps providers and others to meet legal requirements and employ best practices and medical ethics to serve the health-care needs of culturally diverse children and adolescents 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. Assess how culturally effective practices can affect health-care services and health outcomes in diverse populations.
  2. Employ professional ethics to determine how to make your clinical practice more culturally effective.
  3. Apply legal requirements related to confidentiality, informed consent, and language assistance services for patients and families who are not proficient in English.

Please note this module expires on 6/7/2020.

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.

This module includes a pre-test, post-test, and course evaluation. You must take the pre-test before beginning the course. After completing the course, you must take a post-test and score at least 75 percent to pass. After passing the post-test and completing the course evaluation, you will be able to print a certificate of completion.

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