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The extreme growth of New York State population causes to bring more challenges and opportunities for healthcare organization to provide culturally competent service to meet the need of diverse population. According to data from the US Census Bureau, minority groups are projected to make up nearly 50% of the population by the year 2050 compared with 30% in 2000. Outside of ethnicity, there are also many cultural and social groups with which people identify that may affect how they view or receive healthcare. It is very difficult to provide quality service for a diverse population due to language barriers, health literacy gap, and cultural differences in communication styles. More medical programs are including cultural competency education to eliminate racial and ethnic disparities in care. As students in the healthcare field, we want to be able to understand and provide care that best serves the needs of culturally diverse patient body. The purpose of this study is to interrogate patients, medical professionals and students to better understand what the expectations and a reality are. Received survey data will be compered and analyzed for further improvement of a healthcare education.


This poster was presented at the 30th Semi-Annual Honors and Undergraduate Research Scholars Poster Presentation at New York City College of Technology, May 1, 2019.