Positive patient outcomes are dependent on the provision of culturally competent care. Providers must consider the diverse beliefs, attitudes, values, and behaviors governing personal health care choices. This article offers an inquiry into challenges to consider with our modern population, conscientious practice adjustments needed to accommodate inclusivity, and the benefits of equitable delivery of care.

“Of all the forms of inequality, injustice in health care is the most shocking and inhumane.”

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., at the 2nd National Convention of the Medical Committee for Human Rights, March 25, 1966

The subtleties of language are timeless; however, as the narrative on health care delivery continues to morph, organizations and individual providers find themselves wanting to be more accountable. Systemically, conversations include ongoing assessment and commitment to change when addressing social disparities and the health care needs of marginalized communities. This dialog has provided an opportunity for delivering effective, quality...

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