What is Cultural Competency?
What is Cultural Humility?
Cultural humility is an alternative way of approaching cultural competency. It does NOT call for us to memorize a set of stereotypes or stereotypical questions to ask.
Cultural humility instead focuses on how to develop a set of skills to approach any individual from any culture at any time. Cultural humility encourages lifelong learning and reflection and attempts to diminish the power dynamics between individuals.
Why is Cultural Humility important?
What you can do
Ask open questions and practice reflective listening. Others are the experts on their own lives.
Realize that you have the opportunity to practice cultural humility during interactions with everyone, not just during patient interactions.