Health care providers and systems are often unprepared to address issues related to delivering high-quality health care services to diverse populations.

Differences in language, age, race and ethnicity, culture, socioeconomic status, political and religious beliefs, sexual orientation, and life experience can all influence a person’s perception of or access to the health care system and the services available to them. Addressing cultural competency addresses disparities in health and health outcomes and helps to achieve health equity for all people.

Assuring cultural competency, achieving health equity and reducing health disparities, are at the core of Altarum Institute’s work, from the conceptualization of a project through the evaluation of outcomes and dissemination of findings. By recognizing the varities of health disparities and by defining cultural competency broadly, we understand that achieving health equity is an ongoing process, and we view each encounter as a cross-cultural opportunity.  

Altarum is able to work effectively with policymakers, program administrators, front-line staff members, and clients to understand barriers and create effective strategies to address disparities, improve cultural competence, and work towards health equity for all.

Altarum’s proven record of assistance with cultural competency includes culturally and linguistically appropriate training, technical assistance, and health education with and about diverse racial, ethnic, gender, income and sexual populations.

We have many years of experience with assessing and then building the ability of individuals and organizations to provide culturally and linguistically competent care, developing strategic plans to implement culturally competent strategies, and designing culturally appropriate materials and curricula.