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Make the Grade: Culturally Appropriate Health Care

Back to school season marks a new chapter in many health care professionals’ training journeys. Whether it be in the classroom or beyond, providers will encounter patient communities with cultural and religious identities that can impact how they make care decisions.

Culturally appropriate care starts with the provider’s ability to respectfully inquire about how religion impacts health and wellness. Tanenbaum’s Curricula for Medical Education and Tanenbaum’s Curricula for Nursing offer tools to provide culturally appropriate care for diverse faith backgrounds. Greater awareness for how religion and belief intersect with patient care enables nursing and medical students alike to provide more equitable care to the communities they work with.  You can view both curricula (Medical Education and Nursing) here.