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Cross-Cultural Health Care Committee

How does culture affect the way patients and providers communicate with one another?


The purpose of the Cross-Cultural Healthcare Committee is to bring together providers and staff from the Department of Pediatrics who are interested in improving cross-cultural health care for all patients and families.

We focus on the triple threat to healthcare communication: cultural barriers to understanding western medicine, limited English proficiency, and low health literacy. These three challenges combine to impact health outcomes in serious ways and lead directly to health disparities.

The committee is open to anyone interested in improving cross-cultural patient care, and consists of faculty, residents, and staff.

The committee is co-chaired by Marcia Carteret, M. Ed and Dr. Steve Poole.

The administrative contact for the committee is Joanie Muzzulin, 720-777-3533 or