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§ 20-1302. Cultural and Linguistic Health Care Provider Competency Program

West's Annotated Code of MarylandHealth--GeneralEffective: October 1, 2021

West's Annotated Code of Maryland
Title 20. Miscellaneous Health Provisions (Refs & Annos)
Subtitle 13. Cultural and Linguistic Competency of Health Care Providers (Refs & Annos)
Effective: October 1, 2021
MD Code, Health - General, § 20-1302
§ 20-1302. Cultural and Linguistic Health Care Provider Competency Program
Program established
(a) There is a Cultural and Linguistic Health Care Professional Competency Program.
(b) The purpose of the Program is to:
(1) Provide for a voluntary program in which educational classes are offered to health care professionals to teach health care professionals:
(i) Methods to improve the health care professionals' cultural and linguistic competency to communicate with non-English speaking patients and patients from other cultures who are English speaking;
(ii) Cultural beliefs and practices that may impact patient health care practices and allow health care professionals to incorporate the knowledge of the beliefs and practices in the diagnosis and treatment of patients; and
(iii) Methods to enable health care professionals to increase the health literacy of their patients to improve the patient's ability to obtain, process, and understand basic health information and services to make appropriate health care decisions; and
(2) Establish and provide an evidence-based implicit bias training program for health care professionals involved in the perinatal care of patients under § 20-1305 of this subtitle; and
(3) Identify and approve implicit bias training programs for health occupation licensure and certification under § 1-225 of the Health Occupations Article.


Added by Acts 2009, c. 414, § 1, eff. Oct. 1, 2009. Amended by Acts 2012, c. 671, § 1, eff. July 1, 2012; Acts 2020, c. 337, § 1, eff. July 1, 2020; Acts 2021, c. 744, § 1, eff. Oct. 1, 2021; Acts 2021, c. 745, § 1, eff. Oct. 1, 2021.
MD Code, Health - General, § 20-1302, MD HEALTH GEN § 20-1302
Current through all legislation from the 2022 Regular Session of the General Assembly. Some statute sections may be more current, see credits for details.
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