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Resources: Culture and Diversity

ACCESS to End-of-Life Care: A Community Initiative
Formed in 1997 by a group of experienced hospice nurses, social workers and administrators, this advocacy group provides education about death, dying and grieving.

PO Box 460478
San Francisco, CA 94146-0478

Assuring Cultural Competence in Health Care
The Health and Human Services Office of Minority Health has published national standards on culturally and linguistically appropriate services (CLAS) in health care, available online.

OMH Resource Center
PO Box 37337
Washington, DC 20013-7337
(800) 444-6472

Growth House Inc.
Provides background and health agency referral services with a strong focus on diversity, including a section on gay and lesbian issues.

The University of California San Francisco offers comprehensive information on issues surrounding HIV/AIDS.

Tuskegee University National Center for Bioethics in Research and Health Care
The nation's first bioethics center is devoted to engaging the sciences, humanities, law and religious faiths in exploring moral issues involving research and medical treatment of African Americans and other underserved people. The Center provides leadership in cultural diversity and death and dying.

1209 Chambliss Street, Tuskegee Institute
Tuskegee, AL 36088
(334) 724-4612


Cultural Issues in End-of-Life Decision Making, edited by Kathryn L. Braun, James H. Pietsch and Patricia Blanchette. Sage Publications Inc, 2000.

Facing Death: Where Culture, Religion and Medicine Meet, edited by Howard M. Spiro, Mary G. McCrea Curnen and Lee Palmer Wandel. Yale University Press, 1998.

The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down, by Anne Fadiman. Farrar Straus and Giroux, 1997.

Video: Worlds Apart
A broadcast documentary film and medical education project that tells the stories of patients, families and doctors as they make critical medical decisions, and portrays their lives, cultural perspectives and communities.
Filmmaker-in-Residence Program at the Stanford Center for Biomedical Ethics

(650) 723-5760