Medical Experts Push for Cultural Competency Awareness

Dr. Francis Lu is a medical messenger. He travels to medical schools around the country spreading the importance of “cultural competence.”

In other words, he is at the intersection of “cultural competence” and health care. “In the medical field,” Lu explains, “we need to do two things. One, provide patient-centered care, which means respecting and being responsive to the patient’s values and norms. Two, provide equitable care by reducing disparities. Cultural competence is a way of achieving those two goals.”

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