Cultural resources

The following publications and web sites provide information on cultural diversity and health care:

Culture & Nursing Care: A Pocket Guide. Published by the UCSF Nursing Press, the book discusses cultural differences that can affect nursing care. Contact UCSF Nursing Press, University of California, San Francisco, School of Nursing, Box 0608, 2 Koret Way, #N-535C, San Francisco, CA 94143-0608. Phone: (415) 476-4992. Fax: (415) 476-6042. A description of the book and an order form is available at http://nurseweb.ucsf.edu/www/book4.htm. The book costs $21.95 plus shipping charges from $6 to $15 depending on quantity ordered. There is a 25% discount for prepaid orders of five books or more.

Henry Ford Health System Multicultural Resource Guide contains background, family, social, food, spiritual, and health practice information on more than 20 cultural, racial, and religious groups. Copies of the book can be purchased for $29.95. For more information, or to order the book, contact Karen Giovannini at (313) 874-3766 or kwierci1@hfhs.org. The most recent issue will be available September 2004.

Diversity Rx is a clearinghouse of information on how to meet the language and cultural needs of minorities, immigrants, refugees and other diverse populations seeking health care. The web site (www.diversityrx.org) offers sample models and practices, resources, overview of legal issues, and networking opportunities.

The Education Center for Texas Health Steps offers an on-line continuing education course on cultural competency for health practitioners. To review the material, go to: www.tdh.state.tx.us/thsteps/default.htm.