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Howard University

Project for Teaching Cultural Competence in Healthcare


Chris DeGannes, MDChris DeGannes, MD

Principal Investigator
Howard University






  • Developed an online curriculum with the NMA and Medscape providing CME credits in Cultural Competence to over 5,000 clinicians to date.. This online exercise is comprised of three cases developed as video vignettes demonstrating a healthcare provider interacting with a patient. The three cases each cover one of three topics: impact of bias on providersí decision-making; patient-provider communication; and navigating language barriers. Medscape link.
  • Developed and implementd a Cultural Competence curriculum comprised of a lecture series, small-group discussions, and role-play exercises, implemented as part of the core curriculum at HUCM.3. Facilitator's guide for small group discussion on labeling and identities made available on MedEdPORTAL, ID 668.




  • NCME @ Health Literach Annual Research Conference
    • Two workshops on cultural competency and MedEdPORTAL
    • October 17-18, 2011, Chicago, IL
  • RWJ National Health Plan Collaborative Toolkit
    • This toolkit has resources, lessons, best practices and case studies to assist health plans reduce disparities.
  • AHRQ Health Literacy Toolkit
    • The toolkit can help your practice and communicate with patients.
  • Stopping Discrimination Before it Starts: The Impact of Civil Rights Laws on Healthcare Disparities
  • Curricular Products from the National Consortium for Multicultural Education for Health Professionals
  • Conferences:
    • AAMC annual meeting 2010
      • November 5-10, Washington, DC
    • APHA annual meeting 2010
      • November 6-10, Denver, CO