As the United States grows in population, so does its diversity. Appalachia, the main region Lincoln Memorial University serves, is no exception. Because of this, it becomes increasingly important to become not only aware of diverse populations, but to be comfortable working with these multitudes of wonderful people. This subject guide provides information on the different groups and arms medical and social service professionals with the information they need to better assist their clients and patients, becoming culturally competent in their everyday practice. At the very least, diversity awareness is paramount for serving as many clients and patients as possible.
Cultural competency is an ongoing process, and it does not happen over night. Best practices and information also changes over time as more research provides more information on optimal trends for addressing people's needs. What is important is we keep ourselves updated on how to appreciate every client and patient we work with in our respective fields. To that end, should anyone reading the pages on this guide find information outdated or inaccurate, please do not hesitate to contact the librarians represented on the right. We will do what we can to keep this guide not only correct, but up-to-date, and most importantly: relevant.
Below is some general information that applies to all the sections of this subject guide. Each tab after this page will cover specific populations, providing more resources for enhancing one's cultural competency as well as information on health concerns that afflict individual groups (without over stereotyping, ideally). On this page is also information specific to Appalachia and the South.
American Nursing Association (ANA): Diversity Awareness. ANA defines diversity awareness as the "acknowledgement and appreciation of the existence of differences in attitudes, beliefs, thoughts, and priorities in the health-seeking behaviors of different patient populations." Expanding on their Social Policy Statement, ANA has integrated resources on how to help patients from diverse populations.
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