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As the diversity of our community continues to change and develop, providing care that is culturally sensitive goes to the heart of our mission as an organization.

The community that Adventist HealthCare serves is very diverse. Both Montgomery County and Prince George’s County are majority-minority, meaning more than 50% of residents self-report as something other than non-Hispanic White. About 32% of Montgomery County residents are foreign-born immigrants and nearly 40% speak a language other than English at home. In Prince George’s County, more than 20% of residents are foreign-born immigrants, and 21% speak a language other than English at home. Each person in a culture has his or her own unique set of health beliefs and practices that can vary by age, gender, religious beliefs, and socioeconomic status. The Adventist HealthCare Center for Health Equity and Wellness training and research activities help providers become more knowledgeable about the patients they serve, and more sensitive and responsive to their particular needs.

Meeting the needs of a culturally diverse population makes Adventist HealthCare a leader in providing quality care and services. Taking a patient’s cultural beliefs and values into account can result in:

  • Better communication and understanding of a person’s cultural background, health beliefs, and values.
  • Better care that is in keeping with their cultural beliefs.
  • Better adherence to recommended treatments.
  • Better trust of health care workers and higher satisfaction among patients.
  • Better health outcomes for all patients.
  • Reduction of health disparities.
  • Compliance with federal/state regulations and medical accreditation requirements.

The Center for Health Equity and Wellness is leading Adventist HealthCare's goal of providing culturally and linguistically appropriate care and services to a diverse patient population.

The communities that we serve are not just racially diverse but vary in terms of country of origin, preferred language for discussing health care, culture, religion, special needs, and socio-economic status. Some local populations exhibit health beliefs, practices and health seeking behaviors that are different from the biomedical model prevalent in the U.S.

The Center for Health Equity and Wellness equips our community and providers with the necessary tools to provide care for our diverse community in a culturally competent way.

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Cultural Competence

As the diversity of our community continues to change, providing health care that is culturally sensitive goes to the heart of our mission as an organization.