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Project SHARE Curriculum: Cultural Competence

Student Health Advocates Redefining Empowerment

Cultural Competence

In the Cultural Competence lesson, students will learn about and discuss culture in general and cultural competence as it relates to healthcare.


  • Demonstrate awareness of peers’ cultural heritage.
  • Identify cultural beliefs and traditions.
  • Analyze how culture supports and challenges health beliefs, practices and behaviors.
  • Assess the influence of values and beliefs on individual health practices and behaviors.


  • Instructor computer and projector
  • Student computers/computer classroom
  • Handouts: vignettes to read aloud
  • Other: Index cards, preferably large ones

National Health Education Standards with the Cultural Competence Lesson

  • 2.12.2 Analyze how the culture supports and challenges health beliefs, practices, and behaviors.
  • 2.12.7 Analyze how the perceptions of norms influence healthy and unhealthy behaviors.
  • 2.12.8 Analyze the influence of personal values and beliefs on individual health practices and behaviors.

National Strategies that Align with the SHARE Curriculum

Healthy People 2020 Objectives

AH-2      Increase the proportion of adolescents who participate in extracurricular and/or out-of-school activities.

AH-3.2   Increase the proportion of parents who attend events and activities in which their adolescents participate.

National Partnership for Action

Goal 1         Awareness - Increase awareness of the significance of health disparities, their impact on the nation, and the actions necessary to improve health outcomes for racial, ethnic, and underserved populations.

Strategy 2:  Develop and support partnerships among public, nonprofit, and private entities to provide a comprehensive infrastructure to increase awareness, drive action, and ensure accountability in efforts to end health disparities and achieve health equity across the lifespan.

Goal 2:        Leadership - Strengthen and broaden leadership for addressing health disparities at all levels.

Strategy 7:  Invest in young people to prepare them to be future leaders and practitioners by actively engaging and including them in the planning and execution of health, wellness and safety initiatives.