Much of the journey for health professionals is about learning “why” and “how” to:
• Become more cognizant of one’s own cultural orientation (both personal
and professional) and its effect on interactions with patients/clients
• Communicate more effectively with patients and clients
• Conduct comprehensive medical histories that also include health
literacy, social, economic, and cultural identity factors that are of
significance to the patient/client’s perception of his or her health status
and ability to adhere to prescribed prevention and treatment regimens
• Negotiate development of care management and treatment plans that
take into consideration the different individual, family and community-
level variables that affect, and are affected by, the individual
patient/client’s life and health experiences
• Implement clinical, programmatic, and policy strategies that effectively
reduce disparities in healthcare among population groups.
The resources included in the Primer address the skills above and many other learning objectives outlined in the six modules.