Health, Salud, 健康: Individualizing Behavioral Needs in a Multicultural World

Madeline Rock, Dustan Watkins, Elizabeth M. Vaughan, Craig A. Johnston

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Diversity within the United States continues to increase, making it imperative that health care providers understand the impact of cultural background on health behaviors and perceptions. These practices promote trusting patient–provider relationships, improve outcomes, and increase patient satisfaction. In this article, we discuss the 3 largest ethnic or racial minority groups in the United States, Hispanics, African Americans, and Asians, and the intersection of culture and health care through the lens of these distinct communities. We also offer behavioral recommendations to increase awareness and knowledge regarding vast cultural variations within our communities while embracing cultural humility.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)49-53
Number of pages5
JournalAmerican Journal of Lifestyle Medicine
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 1 2024
Externally publishedYes


  • cultural humility
  • culture
  • diversity
  • minorities
  • shared decision-making

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine (miscellaneous)
  • Health Policy
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health


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