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Links and Resources                                               Office of Governor

Healthcare Workforce Diversity​​




American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN)

AACN in collaboration with foundations and stakeholders has taken steps to enhance diversity in nursing education.


American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy (AACP)

AACP’s Cultural Competence and Diversity Learning Community allows faculty members to network on education-related needs and issues related to workforce diversity.


American Dental Education Association (ADEA)

ADEA’s Center for Equity and Diversity provides support to programs, conferences and research to increase diversity in dental education.


American Medical Student Association (AMSA)

AMSA is a student-governed, national organization committed to representing the concerns of physicians-in-training. AMSA houses an array of resources about diversity in medicine.


Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC)

AAMC is working to increase diversity in medical education through such activities as early enrichment and intervention programs for high school and college students considering medical careers.


Association of Minority Health Professions Schools, Inc.

The Association’s mission is to engage the collective resources, scholarship, and technology of its member institutions to help promote optimum health among poor and minority communities.  Its approach includes an emphasis on increasing the representation of underrepresented minorities in the health professions.  The 12 member institutions include medical, dental, pharmacy and veterinary medicine schools at Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs).


Association of Schools of Public Health (ASPH)

The ASPH Health Disparities Research and Diversity Resource Center is a venue for sharing ASPH member schools’ current health disparities research activities, as well as providing important information that will help in diversifying the schools’ faculty and student body.


Health Professionals for Diversity

A coalition of healthcare providers, researchers, educators and students working to raise awareness of the need for diversity in the healthcare workforce.


Hispanic-Serving Health Professional Schools

The organization’s mission is to provide essential resources for academic and career development to students, faculty, and other health professionals to help address the health disparities that exist in the Hispanic community.


Institute for Diversity in Health Management

The mission of the Institute is to increase the number of ethnic minorities in health services administration and to improve opportunities for professionals already in the health care field.


The Sullivan Alliance

The Alliance encourages formal collaborations between institutions of higher education to develop a more diverse health workforce, and thereby help reduce disparities in health status and health care. 


U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, HRSA Bureau of Health Professions


U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Minority Health


Cultural Competency & Health Literacy 

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​The National Standards for Culturally and Linguistically Appropriate Services in Health and Health Care (National CLAS Standards)

The National CLAS Standards are intended to advance health equity, improve quality, and help eliminate health care disparities by providing a blueprint for individuals and health and health care organizations to implement culturally and linguistically appropriate services. 


Herschel S. Horowitz Center for Health Literacy | University of Maryland College Park


The Center for Health Literacy conducts interdisciplinary research in health communication and health literacy; and translates that research into education and community action.


 The National Center for Cultural Competence | Georgetown University

The mission of the NCCC is to increase the capacity of health care and mental health care programs to design, implement, and evaluate culturally and linguistically competent service delivery systems to address growing diversity, persistent disparities, and to promote health and mental health equity.

Communication and Cultural Competency | New York - New Jersey Public Health Training Center

Public Health Training Centers seek to improve the public health system through strengthening the competency of the current and future public health workforce.

Complementary and Alternative Medicine Online Continuing Education Series | U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, National Institutes of Health

NCCAM is offering free, comprehensive videolectures about research in complementary health approaches. Topics range from mind-body pain therapies to acupuncture. These online videolectures provide an in-depth perspective on the current state of science, as related to complementary medicine.

Cultural Competency: Guides and Resources | Office of Minority Health, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Effective Communication Tools for Healthcare Professionals  | Health Resources and Services Administration, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

A free, on-line, go-at-your-own-pace training that has helped more than 20,000 health care professionals and students improve patient-provider communication.

EthnoMed | University of Washington, Harborview Medical Center

The goal of this tool is to provide a jumping-off point for developing rapport in the interpreted health encounter.


Health Equity and Prevention Primer | Prevention Institute

The Health Equity and Prevention Primer serves as a web-based training series for public health practitioners and advocates interested in policy advocacy, community change, and multi-sector engagement to achieve health equity. The Primer helps practitioners integrate a health equity lens into their initiatives in pursuit of overall health and safety.

Health Information Literacy | Medical Library Association

Health Literacy | National Network of Libraries of Medicine

Health Literacy | Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Health Literacy for Public Health Professionals | Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Web-based course to educate public health professionals on the importance of health literacy and their role in providing health information and services and promoting public health literacy.

Healthcare Professional Series on Integrative Therapies | University of Minnesota Center for Spirituality and Healing

Healthcare providers can learn about integrative therapies and healing practices in this informative online series and earn continuing nursing education credit. We are currently in the process of updating all the modules (see below), but as always, we encourage users to seek the most recent clinical studies.


NIH Plain Language Training | U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, National Institutes of Health

The NIH distributes health and research information to a wide range of readers, including the general public, Congress, medical practitioners and researchers, and the business and governmental communities. To communicate NIH messages clearly, you should use plain language for all documents, presentations, and electronic messages.

Roots of Inequality: An Online Learning Collaborative | National Association of City and County Health Officials

This course provides an online learning environment from which to explore root causes of inequity in the distribution of disease, illness, and death. Its audience is primarily the local public health workforce and seeks to ground participants in the concepts and strategies that could lead to effective action.

Stanford Geriatric Education Training Center, Stanford School of Medicine | On-Line Training Modules

Think Cultural Health – Continuing Education | U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Minority Health

The goal of Think Cultural Health is to Advance Health Equity at Every Point of Contact through the development and promotion of culturally and linguistically appropriate services. Our continuing education programs are designed to help individuals at all levels and in all disciplines promote health and health equity.​