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About Think Cultural Health (TCH)

Think Cultural Health (TCH) is dedicated to advancing health equity at every point of contact. With growing concerns about health inequities and the need for health care systems to reach increasingly diverse patient populations, cultural competence has become more and more a matter of national concern.

Providers can take the first step to improve the quality of health care services given to diverse populations. By learning to be more aware of their own cultural beliefs and more responsive to those of their patients, providers can think in ways they might not have before. That can lead to self-awareness and, over time, changed beliefs and attitudes that will translate into better health care.

This site, sponsored by the Office of Minority Health, offers the latest resources and tools to promote cultural and linguistic competency in health care. You may access free and accredited continuing education programs as well as tools to help you and your organization provide respectful, understandable and effective services.

Think Cultural Health is the flagship initiative of the OMH Center for Linguistic and Cultural Competence in Health Care. The goal of Think Cultural Health is to Advance Health Equity at Every Point of Contact through the development and promotion of culturally and linguistically appropriate services.

Racial and ethnic minorities continue to lag behind other populations in many health outcomes. They are less likely to get the preventive care they need to stay healthy, more likely to suffer from serious illnesses, such as diabetes or heart disease, and when they do get sick, are less likely to have access to quality health care.

Health disparities among racial and ethnic minorities are often linked to social, economic or environmental disadvantages, such as lack of access to good jobs, unsafe neighborhoods and lack of affordable transportation options. These conditions are known as the social determinants of health.

The Office of Minority Health's programs, policies and practices address such factors, with the goal of affording everyone an opportunity to live a long, healthy and productive life, and to improve the overall quality of life for the nation as a whole. For more details, see Office of Minority Health.


The mission of the Center for Linguistic and Cultural Competency in Health Care (CLCCHC) – a part of the HHS Office of Minority Health – is to collaborate with federal agencies and other public and private entities to enhance the ability of the health care system to effectively deliver linguistically appropriate and culturally competent health care to limited English-speaking populations. For more details, see CLCCHC.


Recognition for Think Cultural Health

merlot award External Web Site Policy

From the Multimedia Educational Resource for Learning and Online Teaching (MERLOT),
the 2012 Award for Emerging Technologies

ehealthcare award External Web Site Policy

From Strategic Health Care Communications,
the 2011 eHealthcare Leadership Awards for:

Best Overall Internet site (Silver): Think Cultural Health

Best Site Design (Gold): Think Cultural Health

Best Interactive Site (Distinction): Think Cultural Health's Cultural Competency Curriculum for Disaster Preparedness and Crisis Response

ehelathcare award 2010 External Web Site Policy

From Strategic Health Care Communications,
the 2010 eHealthcare Leadership Awards for:

Best Interactive Site (Gold): Think Cultural Health's Cultural Competency Curriculum for Disaster Preparedness and Crisis Response