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The evolution toward value-based, person-centered care is also an evolution toward a greater recognition of the roles race, ethnicity, and culture can play in the delivery of needed services. That's what Minority Health Month, in April, is all about: focusing on the ways health disparities can affect care, and then working to address them.

You can learn more about National Minority Health Month at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' website devoted to the recognition, and don't forget to check out the resources available at apta.org that can help you get a better understanding of the issues and ways forward.

Here are three APTA resources — each with links to even more content — to help you in your journey toward providing informed care.

1. APTA's Racial and Health Disparities Webpage

This is the place to go for APTA's big-picture information on how the association and profession are responding to inequities in care, along with the latest news from APTA and other association resources to help you keep up with the issue at the broadest level.

2. Cultural Competence Resources: Race and Ethnicity

Dig a little deeper into the issue with this collection of research articles and reports. It’s part of a series of cultural competence resource collections that also addresses individuals with disabilities, older adult patients and clients, gender identity and expression, and persons who are refugees or of differing national origin.

3. Video Series: Evidence Summary Around Implicit Bias and Cultural Competence in Health Care

This recording, made as part of the APTA Fit for Practice initiative powered by Hyperice, comprises a series of five short videos that help to explain implicit bias and cultural competence in health care, and provide recommendations for mindfulness, empathy, and self-reflection.


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