The lack of understanding about individuals, groups, and communities different from one's own can create incomplete and/or inaccurate representations of those individuals and communities. By understanding the racial and ethnic composition of a population, community leaders can benefit from each group's strengths and perspectives. In addition, having accurate knowledge can help leaders overcome and/or prevent racial and ethnic divisions within a community. Race and ethnicity also have influence on health care. There is evidence of various racial and ethnic groups having increased risk factors for a variety of diseases. Therefore, being culturally competent can help improve the health care of the population by improving the effectiveness of delivery and uptake of health care services.

North Dakota Compass

Center for Social Research
North Dakota State University

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