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University of Alabama at Birmingham

Improving Cultural Competency: An Online-Based Curriculum


Carlos Estrada, MDCarlos Estrada, MD

Associate Professor
Principal Investigator
University of Alabama at Birmingham






  • Cultural Competence Online for Medical Practice (C-COMP)
  • Culturally Sensitive care for African Americans and Hispanics in the treatment of: Diabetes Hypertension. April 2007. UAB Division of Continuing Medical Education, CME newsletter, Alabama and Mississippi Practice-Based Networks. Link and another link.
  • CARE project - Dr. Estrada is a faculty moderator for CARE, a web site of the School of Medicine at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, Division of Continuing Medical Education. It is supported by an unrestricted educational grant from Pfizer, Inc. http://www.care.cme.uab.edu/

    The Communicating Awareness (of NSAIDs) Risk Effectively (CARE) program is an interactive, multi-modal educational program providing primary care physicians with the resources and tools they need to share the risks and benefits of NSAIDs with patients from diverse backgrounds. The ultimate goals of the CARE program are to:

    • Improve patient health outcomes by reducing NSAID-related adverse events
    • Reduce documented disparities in patient-physician communication of NSAID risk and benefits.

    These goals are achieved through physician professional development that focuses on:

    • Building awareness of the risk spectrum for traditional and cycloexygenase-specific NSAIDs
    • Increasing awareness that patients often take over-the-counter and prescription NSAID simultaneously without disclosure
    • Fostering development of effective, culturally-appropriate skills for communication of NSAID-related risks and benefit at the point of care

    Faculty include: Carlos Estrada, MD, MS, Associate Professor, Division of General Internal Medicine Monica Crawford, MD, Assistant Professor, Division of Rheumatology Janice Weatherspoon, MD, Fellow, Division of Nephrology




  • 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