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Health Equity Resources

Download the Division of Health Equity Toolkit to promote public awareness and education related to health inequities in your community.


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Cultural competency and Anti-Oppression Resources/Tool

  • American Medical Association (AMA), Organizational assessment toolkit:  “Improving communication—improving care”:  the AMA Ethical Force program toolkit

    1. Intended to help health care organizations meet the needs of a diverse patient population.
    2. Assesses how effectively the organization communicates
    3. Can help organizations improve communication with all patient
    4. Questions focus on common communication problems, such as culture, language and health literacy gaps.
  • American Speech-Language-Hearing Association - The American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) is the professional, scientific, and credentialing association for 145,000 members and affiliates who are audiologists, speech-language pathologists and speech, language, and hearing scientists.American Medical Association (AMA), Organizational assessment toolkit:  “Improving communication—improving care”:  the AMA Ethical Force program toolkit.
  • Association of American Medical Colleges - The Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) is a not-for-profit association representing all 136 accredited U.S. and 17 accredited Canadian medical schools; nearly 400 major teaching hospitals and health systems, including 62 Department of Veteran Affairs medical centers; and 93 academic and scientific societies
  • Conducting a Cultural Competence Self-Assessment - A tool for an organizational audit of cultural competence in health care
    1. Helps validate organizational understanding of the ethnic and cultural composition of its patient and employee populations
    2. May hope to ensure access to appropriate treatment and effective communication
    3. May reveal opportunities for the organization to make itself more attractive to diverse populations
    4. Can demonstrate that the organization values diversity
  • Consolidated Culturalogical Assessment Tool Kit (C-CAT)  The toolkit for organizational assessment in mental health includes training materials, promotional materials, a facilitator’s guide, user workbook, assessment tools and a database.  It can be used by a variety of shareholders.  The toolkit must be purchased at a cost of $750 or higher, depending on the number of licenses purchased.
  • Cultural competency and Anti-Oppression Resources/Tool  - The tool is a web-based resource guide designed to help health care providers meet the needs of Virginia's changing demographics. Several search options are available to quickly refine your search among the numerous resources housed in the CLAS website. By entering a keyword, the year of publication, or the target population of interest into the search engine, you can easily find useful articles, websites, organizations and documents relevant to specific CLAS-related issues
  • National Center for Cultural Competence (NCCC) provides national leadership and contributes to the body of knowledge on cultural and linguistic competency within systems and organizations. Major emphasis is placed on translating evidence into policy and practice for programs and personnel concerned with health and mental health care delivery, administration, education and advocacy. The NCCC is a component of the Georgetown University Center for Child and Human Development (GUCCHD) and is housed within the Department of Pediatrics of the Georgetown University Medical.
  • National Center for Cultural Competence Cultural Competence Health Practitioner Assessment
    The Cultural Competence Health Practitioner Assessment (CCHPA) was developed at the request of the Bureau of Primary Health Care (BPHC), Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), U.S. Department of Health and Human Service (DHHS). The CCHPA captures a wide range of data in its six subscales including: /Values & Belief Systems, Cultural Aspects of Epidemiology, Clinical Decision-Making, Life Cycle Events, Cross-Cultural Communication and Empowerment/ Health Management/. Assessment of practitioners is only one aspect of examining cultural and linguistic competence within an organization, and should not be used in isolation.
  • Office of Minority Health - created in 1986 and is one of the most significant outcomes of the 1985 Secretary's Task Force Report on Black and Minority Health. The Office is dedicated to improving the health of racial and ethnic minority populations through the development of health policies and programs that will help eliminate health disparities. OMH was reauthorized by the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010 (P.L. 111-148).
  • Organizational Self-Assessment - A one-page questionnaire on staff competencies and organizational operations that purports to offer a racial equity score followed by a “next steps” analysis. It also suggests tools for improvement
  • Self-Assessment for Cultural Competence
    1. Involves an interactive web-based tool designed to help evaluate cultural competence.
    2. Includes cultural competence checklists, a cultural competence awareness assessment and a questionnaire about “How Does Your Caseload Compare?”
    3. Addresses personal reflection, policies and procedures and service delivery
    4. Assesses demographic and caseload changes related to culturally/linguistically diverse (CLD) populations.
    5. Is intended to help organizations to increase and improve service delivery
  • The Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) - The Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) is a not-for-profit association representing all 136 accredited U.S. and 17 accredited Canadian medical schools; nearly 400 major teaching hospitals and health systems, including 62 Department of Veteran Affairs medical centers; and 93 academic and scientific societies.
  • The Cross Cultural Health Care Program - Primarily a training and consulting organization supported by a wide array of multilingual publications available for purchase through our online store, CCHCP endeavors to enhance the abilities of health professionals to provide culturally competent and linguistically appropriate care.
  • The Cultural Competence Self Assessment Protocol for Health Care Organizations and Systems 1. Intended for use by health care providers, including hospitals and clinics, to conduct organizational assessments of their cultural competence.
    2. Particularly useful for services involving racially and ethnically diverse populations.
    3. Questions are organized according to four cornerstones of cultural competence: a) health care organization's relationship with its community; b) the administration and management's relationship with staff; c) inter-staff relationships at all levels; d) the patient/enrollee-provider encounter.
  • The HRET toolkit - A web-based tool that provides hospitals, health systems, clinics, and health plans information and resources for systematically collecting race, ethnicity, and primary language data from patients. Registration is free.  Development of the toolkit included input from a National Advisory Panel
  • Think Cultural Health - An e-learning program providing oral health professionals with basic knowledge and skills related to cultural and linguistic competency, based on the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, Office of Minority Health's National Standards for Culturally and Linguistically Appropriate Services in Health and Health Care (the National CLAS Standards). 
  • U.S. Department of Health and Human Services -   The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), an agency of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, is the primary Federal agency for improving access to health care services for people who are uninsured, isolated or medically vulnerable.


  • Early Childhood Research Institute at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Campaign in collaboration with many colleagues representing diverse cultural and linguistic roots the CLAS Early Childhood Research Institute collects and describes early childhood/early intervention resources that have been developed across the U.S. for children with disabilities and their families and the service providers who work with them. The materials and resources available on this site reflect the intersection of culture and language, disabilities and child development. Through this site we intend to inform consumers (e.g., practitioners, families, and researchers) about materials and practices that are available and the contexts in which they might select a given material or practice. Parts of the site can also be read in Spanish. We hope you will find the collection and resources helpful and share it with friends and colleagues.
  • Kellogg Health Scholars Program - This program develops new leadership in the effort to reduce and eliminate health disparities and to secure equal access to the conditions and services essential for achieving healthy communities.



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Minority Populations in Virginia

There are five federally recognized minority populations in Virginia:View Larger Graph



  • Race Matters - Toolkit from the Annie E. Casey Foundation designed to help decision-makers, advocates, and elected officials get better results in their work by providing equitable opportunities for all.

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  • The Benefits of Multimodal Transportation on Health and Social Equity is a listing of links to public health reports and tools that summarize the importance of transportation planning to health and social equity.  The resources summarize the cost of transportation-related health outcomes and describe a range of strategies to create transportation policies that promote health and social equity. View a presentation on the subject as presented by Dr. Michael Royster, Director of The Office of Minority Health and Health Equity. View Here


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Last Updated: 12-17-2014

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