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The following guide provides Web site links, a list of selected books, and access to online periodical articles about this subject. The Web site links have been researched, evaluated, and annotated by Rio Hondo College Librarians. The Librarians have specifically selected these Web sites to meet the research needs of Rio Hondo College students

Web Site Links

The SUNY Institute of Technology library is the home for CulturedMed, "a Resource Center of print materials, electronic databases, and this Web site dealing with culturally-competent healthcare for refugees and immigrants."  The site contains bibliographies, refugee/immigrant statistics, libraries with ethnic collections, resettlement agencies, foreign language health materials, and links to other culture and health Web sites.
A personal Web site from two registered nurses who work in the field. In addition to their volunteer field work in the remote villages of Latin America and Caribbean countries, they also provide assistance and home health care to Hispanic and Haitian migrant workers at home. The Web site features a good bibliography (click on "References" on the left-hand menu) with links to reviews on for books on this topic. Several of the titles can be found in our library.

The purpose of diversity Rx is to improve language and cultural competence for health care professionals.  This will improve the quality of health care for minority, immigrant, and ethically diverse communities.  The site includes a database of cultural competency models for health care professionals, and other documentation to support cultural competence in health care.  This site includes standards for all health care professionals, including nursing, and is sponsored by several health organizations. 

The EthnoMed site, from the University of Washington's Harborview Medical Center, contains extensive, searchable information about cultural beliefs and medical issues pertinent to the healthcare of immigrants to the U.S., many of whom have fled war-torn homelands.  Cultures covered include Cambodian, Vietnamese, Tigrean, Somali, Oromo, Amharic, Chinese, Eritrean, Ethiopian, Hispanic and others.  Explanations of diseases and diagnostic tests are provided in multiple languages.

Transcultural Nursing Society
This is the Web site of the Transcultural Nursing Society. It provides information on the society and relevant conferences, and is a gateway to the society's official journal, The Journal of Transcultural Nursing (JTCN). This peer-reviewed publication provides a forum for nurses, health care professionals and persons from other disciplines to discuss issues related to the advancement of knowledge in the area of culturally congruent health care delivery. JTCN provides the mechanism for a dialogue by encouraging contributions from international researchers, practitioners, and theoreticians about the relationship between culture and health care. 

Online Databases (Rio Hondo Students only)   

Health & Wellness Resource Center
Use subject terms 'Nursing and Culture' and 'Transcultural Nursing' to find information in various medical sources.

Health Reference Center Academic
Use subject term 'Transcultural Medical Care' to find medical articles in m any journals.

The following books can be located in the Rio Hondo College Library.

Reference Books

Pocket guide to cultural assessment (Mosby's pocket guide series)
Call number: Ref RT86.54.G45 1998

Transcultural health care : a culturally competent approach
Call number: Ref RA418.5.T73T73 2003

Suggested Subject Headings
For additional titles on this topic at Rio Hondo, click on the following Library of Congress subject headings:

Nursing--Cross-cultural studies

Nursing--Social aspects

Transcultural medical care

Transcultural nursing

The Rio Hondo College Library provides online access to full-text articles through our online databases -  Please note:  you must be a Rio Hondo College student, faculty, staff or board member to use these services.

The 6 sample searches below are from the ProQuest database.  Use Advanced Search an type each term in a separate box:

    1.  SUB(nursing) AND SUB(culture)
    2.  SUB(nursing) AND ethnicity
    3.  SUB(health) AND SUB(Hispanic Americans)
    4.  SUB(health) AND SUB(Asian Americans)
    5.  SUB(health) AND SUB(African Americans)
    6.  SUB(public health) AND SUB(minorities)

Researched and evaluated by:
D. Petticoffer, Librarian 9/2000
last update: D. Yashar, Librarian 11/2009

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