Providing culturally competent healthcare to American Indians requires a methodological shift from providers. Education on cultural competence is a vital piece of service provision, but is not enough on its own. Knowledge of the history of a person and their culture, respect for their past and personal experiences, and for their beliefs about health and wellness are key components to providing care. Humility and patience, and the knowledge that you will be learning from your client as much as they will learn from you, are also important aspects of developing a relationship with your client and being effective in providing care to a diverse population.
"Writing a New Story: Culturally Competent Care for American Indians,"
Race and Pedagogy Journal: Teaching and Learning for Justice: Vol. 1
, Article 4.
Available at: http://soundideas.pugetsound.edu/rpj/vol1/iss2/4