Cultural Diversity has become one of the hottest topics in the health care industry. What makes diversity so important? Diversity means a number of characteristics including the following: race, ethnicity, gender, age, sexual orientation, religion, political beliefs, education, physical abilities/disabilities, socioeconomic background, language, and culture. Diversity in healthcare can lead to cultural competency, which is the ability to offer services that meet the unique social, cultural and linguistic needs of the residents. In short, the better the resident represented and understood, the better they can be treated.
Cultural competency is extremely important in the field of human services. The . . .
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