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§20–1301.

    (a)    In this subtitle the following words have the meanings indicated.

    (b)    “Cultural and linguistic competency” means cultural and linguistic abilities that can be incorporated into therapeutic and medical evaluation and treatment, including:

        (1)    Direct communication in the patient’s primary language;

        (2)    Understanding and applying the roles that culture, ethnicity, and race play in diagnosis, treatment, and clinical care; and

        (3)    Awareness of how the attitudes, values, and beliefs of health care providers and patients influence and impact professional and patient relations.

    (c)    “Health care professional” includes a physician, nurse, dentist, social worker, psychologist, pharmacist, health educator, or other allied health professional.

    (d)    “Program” means the Cultural and Linguistic Health Care Professional Competency Program.



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