Cultural Competency

April 9, 2018: Refugee Health: An Introduction for Primary Care Healthcare providers may struggle to effectively communicate with and serve refugee populations in Oregon.  At the same time, refugees experience health disparities and may find traditional healthcare practices and settings lacking in some ways.  OHSU is offering a CME activity to promote increased comfort and efficacy for general healthcare providers and staff in an effort to improve health outcomes in refugee communities in Oregon.  Location, time, cost, and credit information is available from OHSU's Continuing Medical Education department

The Oregon Medical Board is proud to announce its publication of Cultural Competency: A Practical Guide for Medical Professionals.  This booklet was published in June 2017 and sent to all Board licensees practicing in Oregon.  The booklet is available electronically here:

Hard copies of the above publication are available for order. Please fill out the Cultural Competency Guide Order Form​ and return to the OMB.

Continuing Education

"I WILL NOT PERMIT considerations of age, disease or disability, creed, ethnic origin, gender, nationality, political affiliation, race, sexual orientation, social standing or any other factor to intervene between my duty and my patient." ​World Medical Association Declaration of Geneva (May 2006)

The above excerpt of the Declaration of Geneva, sometimes called the Modern Hippocratic Oath, calls on health care professionals to provide the best care to each individual patient.  In that spirit, and in light of known health disparities among various groups of people, the Board encourages Oregon physicians, physician assistants, and acupuncturists to obtain cultural competency continuing education.  Any educational hours in this area will be considered relevant to a licensee's practice and may be used to fulfill the required continuing education for license renewal​.

The Oregon Health Authority provides a list of cultural competency continuing education opportunities, which are available through the Office of Equity and Inclusion. One such option for continuing education is "Cross Cultural Care -- A Person-Centered Approach."​