Barnes-Jewish Hospital

Center for Diversity and Cultural Competence Programs

Being culturally competent means we are able to provide care that is inclusive of our patients' perspective, cultural and spiritual values and beliefs. It means that our care is patient and family-centered. Our mission at Barnes-Jewish Hospital is to take exceptional care of people. The Center for Diversity and Cultural Competence is one more way we are living up to our mission. Through the Center’s programs, our staff is equipped to care for our patients regardless of their diverse identity. Some of our programs are highlighted to demonstrate how we address our patient’s unique needs.

Refugee Health and Interpreter Services
This is a multicultural team of nearly 30 interpreters who provides services to patients and their families through more than 50,000 encounters a year in more than 100 languages.

Barnes-Jewish Hospital has a rich history of providing services to the culturally diverse patient population of St. Louis region. By integrating Refugee Health and Interpreter Services into the Center for Diversity and Cultural Competence, we will broaden awareness and access to the services to be more sensitive to each patient's unique social, cultural and linguistic needs.

Daylight Project
The Daylight Project is a multidisciplinary effort embedded in the Barnes-Jewish Hospital Center for Diversity and Cultural Competence that delivers culturally and linguistically appropriate messages about breast health and breast cancer prevention to refugee and immigrant communities in the greater St. Louis area.

Residents and Fellows Diversity Initiative

The Residents and Fellows Diversity Initiative was established to enhance the recruitment and retention of underrepresented minorities on the medical center campus and ultimately the number of underrepresented minority physicians in the St. Louis community.  Active participation in the Initiative is required, and participants must remain in good standing in their training program.  Some of the expected criteria for the program participation include engagement in the recruitment process, mentoring medical student trainees and community service. We are not accepting applications for this program at this time.

BESt Pharmacy Summer Institute
The mission of the BESt Pharmacy Summer Institute is to expose and prepare local multicultural students for a future career in healthcare, with an emphasis in pharmacy.  The mission is executed with a model that combines academics, exposure, and professional development.  Academics focus on improving mathematics, science, language arts, and ACT/SAT skills.  Students get exposure to the pharmacy profession through pharmacy lectures and site visits.  Professional development emphasizes personal brand, character, and leadership development.

Xavier College of Pharmacy Program
The Xavier College of Pharmacy Program was launched in March 2007 to assist Barnes-Jewish Hospital with recruiting and retaining pharmacy (PharmD) graduates.  It was initiated to provide a training resource for Xavier University pharmacy students whose education was affected by Hurricane Katrina.

Residents & Fellows Diversity

The Residents and Fellows Diversity Initiative aims to recruit and retain minority physicians at Barnes-Jewish and St. Louis Children’s Hospitals, as well as in the St. Louis community.


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