OJIN's latest topic addresses "The Many Faces of
Diversity" in relation to health care and emphasizes the
need for providers to practice culturally competent care.
Dee Baldwin's article presents an historical overview of
diversity in the United States and describes current
disparities in American health and health care related to
ethnic/racial minorities. This article defines disparities in
health and health care and offers solutions around these
Josepha Campinha-Bacote explains why cultural diversity
and cultural competence are terms that mean something
different to each and every person. Her article discusses
these terms and uses these concepts to provide a model of
cultural competence for the delivery of culturally
responsive health care services.
Rosalyn Watts discusses the historical experience of blacks
in America, disparities in health for this minority group,
and strategies for providers to incorporate "race
consciousness" as an integral aspect of their professional
growth as culturally competent health care providers.
Jeri Milstead examines the policy process, which includes
agenda setting, government response, implementation, and
evaluation and links this process to health care diversity
issues to illustrate the need, ease, and opportunity for nurse
involvement in addressing these issues.