Measuring Organizational Cultural Competence to Promote Diversity in Academic Healthcare Organizations


Purpose: To evaluate what drives respondent perceptions of health system organizational cultural competence.

Methods: We estimated associations between survey respondent (n=3506) demographic characteristics, length of employment, position, and place of work and their reported perceptions of institutional culture.

Results: In adjusted analyses, respondents self-identifying as non-Hispanic black versus non-Hispanic whites, females versus males, and lesbian/gay/bisexual/transgender/queer versus heterosexuals were significantly less likely to rank the cultural competence of their organization above average.

Conclusion: Minorities and women were less likely to rank their organization as culturally competent. Organizational efforts to achieve cultural competency would benefit from measuring this factor to target their efforts.