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NHLBI: Teaching Multi-cultural Practice

About Us

Utilizing Medical Education to Move Health Equity Forward


All health professionals embrace and enact the principles of high quality, equitable and culturally responsive care, to eliminate health and health care disparities, and to eliminate racism in healthcare.

Mission Statement

We commit ourselves to our vision and guiding principles. We pursue the following activities in support thereof:

  • Curriculum development, implementation, evaluation in health professional education.
  • Dissemination of curriculum to health professionals in training and practice.
  • Provide support and leadership to health professional education programs.
  • Provide advocacy for the vision and principles

Guiding Principles

  • We believe every health professional must value diversity and respect difference in order to provide sensitive, effective and responsive health care to all patients and their families.
  • We believe that understanding and respecting each personís health beliefs and personal values is essential to provision of patient-centered care.
  • We believe that health is determined by a wide variety of influences beyond biology (including familial, social, psychological, environmental, economic, political, legal, cultural and spiritual factors). Understanding and addressing the complex connections between these factors is a duty of healthcare professionals.
  • We believe that the health care workforce and teaching institutions must reflect the diversity of the population it serves.
  • We believe that medical institutions who are committed to diversity have the responsibility to ensure that their learners, teachers and researchers achieve the knowledge, skills and attitude necessary to sustain an institutional climate that values and embraces inclusiveness, equity, and cultural awareness.
  • We believe that health care is a human right


  • 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