Please make certain you follow the instructions for all submissions so that

Please make certain you follow the instructions for all submissions so that you gain from the course.  If you state a fact then you must provide a citation to support that “fact” this is very important as you are researching the scenarios.
Please read the instructions and information provided to you on each module/assessment.  You have been provide definitions of terms for this course that you are expected to use in your assessments and discussions.  This is not a course about race or racism, nor does it focus on a specific culture or ethnicity, it about increasing your awareness and expanding your learning regarding cultural competency which requires life long learning as we are never truly fully culturally competent.  Politics do not play a role in this course and it is expected that you approach each assessment and discussion with an open mind as this is not about your specific beliefs it is about providing optimal care for those you serve. 
It is important to understand these definitions and to be able to use them in your scenarios, discussions, book review and final exam. Please review the definitions and apply them as needed to the assignments.
Culture- An integrated pattern of learned beliefs and behaviors that can be shared among groups, including thoughts, styles of communicating and ways of interacting, views on roles and relationships, values, practices, and customs.
Rose (2013) stated, “Cultural competence involves ensuring that the needs of diverse patients/clients/customers are met by health service professionals based on the acquisition of specific skill sets, valuing diversity, and taking concrete steps to ensure efficacy in serving minority populations” (pg.50).
Rose, P. R. (2013). Cultural competency for the health professional. Jones & Bartlett Publishers.
Cultural Awareness – the ability of healthcare providers to appreciate and understand their client’s values, beliefs, lifeways, practices, and problem-solving strategies.
Cultural Blindness – Scenarios in which all people are viewed the same without taking into consideration that cultural differences matter.
Cultural Competence – cultural and linguistic competence is a set of congruent behaviors, attitudes, and policies that come together in a system, agency, or among professionals that enables effective work in cross-cultural situations., Per the cultural competence continuum: involves ensuring that the needs of diverse patients/clients/customers are met by health service and public health organizations based on the acquisition of specific skill sets, valuing diversity and taking concrete steps to ensure efficacy in serving minority populations.
Cultural Desire – the ability of the healthcare provider/health service administrator/public health practitioner to possess a drive to achieve cultural competence.
Cultural Destructiveness –  characterized by attitudes, policies, structures, and practices within a system or an organization that are destructive to a cultural group.
Cultural Humility -ability to maintain an interpersonal stance that is other-oriented (or open to the other) in relation to aspects of cultural identity that are most important to the [person]” APA
Cultural Incapacity – the lack of capacity to respond effectively to culturally and linguistically diverse groups.
Cultural Knowledge – the ability to have insight and knowledge about physical, psychological, and biological variations among groups as well as having knowledge about various cultures to better understand their clients.
Cultural Sensitivity – An awareness of and respect for a patient’s cultural beliefs and values.
Cultural Pre-competence – When a healthcare organization is aware of its strengths and areas for growth and there is a clear commitment to human and civil rights.
Cultural Proficiency – Takes the process of cultural competence a step further by employing staff and consultants with cultural expertise, ensuring assessment and training efforts, and reviewing policies and procedures to ensure the inclusion of culturally competent language.
Paradigm Shift – A revolutionary change from one way of thinking to another, which does not just happen but is driven by agents of change.