____ I understand that perceptions of health and illness vary greatly and I try to understand how different people think about health.
____ I recognize that the meaning or value of medical treatment, screening for prevention & early diagnosis, & health education will vary and are impacted by culture and previous experience
____ I recognize and accept that individuals from culturally diverse backgrounds may have, and/or desire, varying degrees of acculturation into the mainstream culture.
____ I try to be aware of when I might be passing judgment or imposing my own values on those who hold different beliefs from my own.
____ I understand and accept that family composition and dynamics are defined differently by various cultures (e.g. the definition and expected roles of extended family members, fictive kin, and godparents).
____ I accept and accommodate the fact that male-female roles may vary significantly among different cultures and ethnic groups (e.g. who makes major decisions for the family).
____ I understand and try to accommodate age and life cycle factors that must be considered in interactions with individuals and families ( e.g. high value placed on the decision of elders, the role of eldest male or female in families, or roles and expectations of children within the family).
____ I seek information on acceptable behaviors, courtesies, customs, and expectations that are unique to the communities I work with.
____ I am aware of the socio-economic, major health, and environmental risk factors that contribute to the major health problems of the communities I work with.
____ I screen books, pamphlets, videos, and other media resources for negative cultural, ethnic, or racial stereotypes before sharing them with individuals and families served by my office.
____ I intervene in an appropriate manner when I observe other staff or clients within my office engaging in behaviors that show cultural insensitivity, racial biases or prejudice.
____ I seek professional development and training to enhance my knowledge and skills in the provision of services and supports to culturally, ethnically, racially and linguistically diverse groups
____ I recognize and accept that folk and religious beliefs may influence an individual’s or family’s reaction and approach to a child born with a disability, or later diagnosed with a disability, genetic disorder, or special health care needs.
____ I understand and try to accommodate some of the ways that grief and bereavement affect people.
____ Even though my professional or moral viewpoints may differ, I accept and accommodate individuals and families as the ultimate decision-makers for services and supports impacting their lives. ____ I seek information from individuals, families or other key community informants that will help me respond appropriately to the needs and preferences of the diverse groups served by my office.
____ I accept that religion and other beliefs may influence how individuals and families respond to illnesses, disease, and death. ____I advocate for the review of my program’s or agency's mission statement, goals, policies, and procedures to insure that they incorporate principles and practices that promote cultural and linguistic competence.