Disparity and Cultural Competence Resources
The following list of resources provides details on lupus in specific communities and populations, the causes and impacts of disparities in health and health care, and offers opportunities to learn about the provision of culturally competent care.
The Cultural and Linguistic Competence Health Practitioner Assessment (CLCHPA) self-guided learning activity developed by the Georgetown University National Center for Cultural Competence. The CLCHPA is designed to enhance the delivery of high quality services for diverse patient/client populations, and promote cultural and linguistic as essential approaches addressing health and healthcare disparities.
It is not known why lupus is more common in African Americans. Some scientists think that it is related to genes, but we know that hormones and environmental factors play a role in who develops lupus.
Lupus is much more common in Asian Americans than in the general population. This appears to be true for almost all Asian American ethnic groups, no matter their heritage.
Some studies show that Native Americans develop lupus at a younger age than people from other ethnic groups and that the disease may be worse for Native Americans as well.
This report from the Lupus Initiative, Sick and Tired of Being Sick and Tired: The Importance of Culture, Communication and Social Support covers issues of language access services, health literacy and patient-provider communication.
Download the report (PDF)
National Standards for Culturally and Linguistically Appropriate Services (CLAS) in Health and Health Care are intended to advance health equity, improve quality, and help eliminate health care disparities.
Read this seminal report from the Department of Health and human Services on the roadmap to a nation free of disparities in health care.
Congresswoman Robin L. Kelly represents Illinois’ 2 nd Congressional District. Her district includes parts of Chicago as well as suburban and rural areas and represents a microcosm of the health disparities facing communities across the country. As chair of the Congressional Black Caucus Health Braintrust, she compiled this report to examine nationwide health disparities and lead policymakers and medical thought leaders in a meaningful direction in improving health outcomes in the United States. This report is dedicated to the basic human right of all Americans to a healthy life and to the medical professionals working on the front lines of the health equity movement to forge a healthier future for us all.