Think Cultural Health News

Advancing Health Equity at Every Point of Contact

August 2011

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Summer has hardly been slow here at Think Cultural Health! The team has been hard at work ensuring that you all continue to have access to the best culturally and linguistically appropriate resources possible. We wanted to use this edition of Think Cultural Health News to catch you up on our work this summer. Check out the new resources available at Think Cultural Health, and while you’re there, sign up to receive updates about the CLAS Standards Enhancement Initiative! Thank you for your support of the Think Cultural Health initiatives.


Guadalupe Pacheco, MSW
Senior Health Advisor to the Director
Office of Minority Health, Office of the Assistant Secretary
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Think Cultural Health Version 2.0

It’s here! Think Cultural Health site has a new look, a new set of features, and more of the cultural and linguistic competency resources you have come to enjoy and rely upon!

We hope you will visit and take advantage of our new resources, including the CLAS Clearinghouse, Communication Tools, and videos of leaders in the field discussing CLAS. A section of the Web site is now dedicated to the National Standards for Culturally and Linguistically Appropriate Services (CLAS Standards). In addition, "Join the CLCCHC" has been expanded to include video case studies and a community calendar of cultural and linguistic competency-related events.

Please stop by and let us know what you think!

Boston University Course Integrates a Think Cultural Health E-learning Program

Boston University (BU) School of Medicine’s Master of Science Degree in Healthcare Emergency Management adopted the Cultural Competency Curriculum for Disaster Preparedness and Crisis Response program as a mandatory part of the Disaster Life Cycle course. The course instructor, John Burke, stated, "The way that program was structured was perfect for teaching a graduate level course. I utilized the online program as a requirement for course completion to supplement the 10 lectures that accompanied the course." The inclusion of the disaster e-learning program has been well received at the BU School of Medicine. There are currently 18 students in the graduate program with another 20 students starting this fall. In addition, Think Cultural Health Project Officer Guadalupe Pacheco will be receiving a Senior Lecturer appointment at the BU School of Medicine in order to guest lecture every year as part of the Healthcare Emergency Management Graduate Program.

Think Cultural Health Reaches 100,000 Participants

ith over 100,000 individuals registered for Think Cultural Health initiatives, we wanted to share some behind the scenes information.

  • The e-learning program with the highest number of participants is A Physician’s Practical Guide to Culturally Competent Care with 48,000 individuals registered. Culturally Competent Nursing Care is close behind at 40,000 participants.
  • Nearly 8,000 people have signed up for the "Join the CLCCHC" initiative, of which Think Cultural Health News is a part.
  • Following a New Jersey mandate of six hours of cultural competency continuing education for physician relicensure, registration in the Physician’s e-learning program increased by 5,719%.
  • Think Cultural Health has awarded over 400,000 continuing education credits to nurses, social workers, physicians, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, mental health workers, first responders and emergency managers.

What Are We Up To?

  • October 7-9, 2011: Cross Cultural Health Care Conference in Oahu, Hawaii
  • October 29-November 2: American Public Health Association annual conference in Washington, D.C.

The Cross Cultural Health Care Conference is October 7-9 in Oahu, Hawaii, and Think Cultural Health will be there to discuss the CLAS Standards and its Enhancement Initiative. For more information, visit

From October 29 to November 2, the American Public Health Association will meet in Washington D.C. This year’s theme is "Health Communities Promote Healthy Minds and Bodies." Join us as we present on Think Cultural Health’s programs and the CLAS Standards! For more information, visit

Is there a conference or professional event you think the Think Cultural Health Team should attend and propose a presentation? Let us know at