Case Comprehensive Cancer Center Cultural Competency Series December 2015

As 2015 is coming to a close, we would like to thank Case Comprehensive Cancer Center (Case CCC) research community for reviewing our Cultural Competency Series features, both in Newsletters and on the website.  We are planning to continue the Series next year on a quarterly basis, so please keep checking the Newsletter and the website for new information.  Several of the features provided Continuing Research Education Credits (CRECs) and these can be accessed at:

We hope that we have met at least some of the main objectives for Cultural Competency Series and provided Case CCC investigators and research staff opportunities to develop different skill sets, to engage in a meaningful dialogue about the importance of cultural competency in the context of health care and research, and to facilitate concepts of self-reflection and self-critique.  We will continue striving to raise awareness and acceptance of the dynamic variety of people and communities the Case CCC serves, and to provide the Case CCC clinical research staff with unique learning experiences and skills to conduct culturally competent research.

Questions, suggestions and feedback about the Cultural Competency Series should be directed to Katarzyna Karelus at or 216-844-4176.

Cultural Competency Series Features

-- 2014

  • Introduction and Background to the Case Comprehensive Cancer Center Cultural Competency Series.
  • Presentation from the Case CCC Cultural Competency Retreat, March 2014.

-- 2015

  • Part I: Cultural Competency.
  • Part II: Cultural Competency and the Research Process.
  • Slide presentation from the Case CCC Continuing Education Session for SCC and TCI Clinical Trials Units, May 2013.
  • Voiced-over presentation: Eliciting the Patient’s Experience of Illness through Narrative and Reflection.
  • Unconscious Bias: An Introduction.
  • Case CCC Clinical Research Brochure for African Americans.
  • U.S. Department of Health and Human Services: Think Cultural Health: updated Physicians Practical Guide for Culturally Competent Care e-learning program.
  • Communication Issues: Dr. Timothy Gilligan’s article published in the Journal of Clinical Oncology entitled, "What We Really Talk About When We Talk About Food." 
  • Reshaping Research: A Guide to Integrating Cultural Considerations into Research.
  • Revised Case CCC Clinical Research Brochure for African Americans.
  • Unconscious Bias: Cancer Clinical Trial Disparities in Racial and Ethnic Minority Populations.
  • October is Health Literacy Month.
  • Cultural Competency and the Informed Consent Process.