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“Isn't it amazing that we are all made in God's image, and yet there is so much diversity among his people?” - Desmond Tutu

Welcome to The Department of Medical Education’s Diversity page. We hope this page can provide you some useful resources for providing patient care and improving diversity within your program.

The Department of Medical Education is intent on assuring we fulfill the Sisters of Providence’s promise to embrace all people in belief in the inherent value of every person. We also recognize the value of training a diverse physician work force to provide high quality care to our increasingly diverse patient population.

Individuals of different ethnicity, race, sex, and gender often present with unique health challenges and we must understand them as individuals in order to effectively provide care. We strive to increase our Department’s cultural competency and align our efforts with the mission of Providence Regional Office of Diversity.

Mission Statement

As People of Providence we reveal God's love for all, especially the poor and vulnerable, through our compassionate service.

We welcome you to review the following resources and please feel free to contact us with any questions or comments.

Contact the PPMC Diversity Committee

Theresa Sayles: 503-215-7764
Omolola Arigbon: 503-215-5971


Patient Care Resources

American Indian Health
American Psychological Association (APA) Guidelines for Providers of Psychological Services to Ethnic, Linguistic, and Culturally Diverse Populations
Asian & Pacific Islander American Health Forum
Caring for Latino patients - NIH study
Comprehensive guide with brief information tips for the care of a variety of patients
Culturally competent care for Latino Patients - Markkula Center for Applied Ethics
EthnoMed – Health care information focused on immigrant populations in Seattle
Hablamos Juntos Improving Patient‐ Provider Communication for Latinos
International Strategy and Policy Institute Guidelines - Islam/Muslim care
Management of Transgender Patients
National Alliance for Hispanic Health
Oregon: Cancer and Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders
Caring for Russian immigrants
Somalis in Minnesota
The Transgender Life: what to know, say and understand
U.S. Department of Health & Human Services - Care for homeless patients
Comparison of health and health risk factors between LGBT and heterosexual adults in the U.S.
Central City Concern – Portland resource for vulnerable populations
Community Resources
Mental Health Resources
The Alliance of Culturally-Specific Behavioral Health Providers & Programs

Medical Associations

Association of American Indian
National Hispanic Medical Association
Chinese American Medical Society
National Arab American Medical Association
Association of Clinicians for the Underserved
Student Interest Groups at Oregon Health Sciences University
American Medical Womens Association
Asian Pacific American Medical Student Association
Islamic Medical Association of North America
Latin Medical Student Association
Student National Medical Association

Faculty/Staff Development

The Institute of Medicine’s report on inequality in health care
American Medical Association (Health Disparities Website)
The Role and Relationship of Cultural Competence and Patient-Centeredness in Health Care Quality
Improving Quality and Achieving Equity: The Role of Cultural Competence in Reducing Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Health Care
Cultural Competency and Quality of Care: Obtaining the Patient's Perspective
The Evidence Base for Cultural and Linguistic Competency in Health Care
Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Health Disparities
How to Diversify the Faculty
Diversity Rx Organization
Speaking Together: National Language – Robert Wood Johnson

Additional Resources

The Commonwealth Fund
Georgetown University Center for Child and Human Development National Center for Cultural Competence
Transcultural Nursing
The Association of Asian Pacific Community Health Organizations (AAPCHO)
Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA)
Indian Health Service (IHS)
Society for Human Resource Management
Institute for Diversity in Health
National MultiCultural Institute
Effective Communication in Hospitals, an initiative from the Office of Civil Rights