New Online Course on Cultural Competence and Health Disparities

The AHSC Office of Diversity and Inclusion is pleased to announce the debut of an online training course on cultural competence and Culturally and Linguistically Appropriate Services (CLAS) standards entitled, “Using CLAS standards and Cultural Competence to Mitigate Health Disparities: An Introduction.” The course debuted on the University of Arizona, College of Medicine’s, Office of Continuing Medical Education website ( on May 1st, 2015. The course is available to all users for free; users requiring CME credits will be eligible for 1.5 units of free CME after taking the course. Those who do not require CME can also take the course and receive a free Certificate of Completion at the end of the course. There are no requirements for taking the course; the course is free and open to all. Instructions on how to access the course are detailed below.

The course was written by John Bormanis, PhD, a Research Assistant Professor in the Department of Family and Community Medicine specializing in the teaching and practice of cultural competence in healthcare settings. The development and writing of this course was underwritten by an Arizona Center of Excellence grant from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA).

The course has been specifically designed to appeal to professionals from all levels of the healthcare environment; all members of the healthcare professions, ranging from nurses, doctors, and PAs to front desk staff and receptionists, will be able to take the course and learn about Culturally and Linguistically Appropriate Services (CLAS), health disparities, and cultural competency issues surrounding access to care for minority populations, with a specific focus on Mexican American populations.

Those wishing to take the course should point in their browser to; click the “Get Started” button; register an account with the VLH website; enter the code “2016;” and proceed on to the course. The accounting system of will automatically add a $37.50 credit (for 1.5 units of CME) to the user’s account, and upon completion of the course, users can print out, for free, their certificate of completion for 1.5 units of CME. Alternatively, those who do not require CME units can receive a Certificate of Completion upon completion of the course.

For further information, please contact Robert Amend at the University of Arizona Office of Continuing Medical Education at 520-626-4282, or via email at

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Teaching Collection

The Office of Diversity and Inclusion Teaching Resources Collection consists primarily of health education materials, including 3-D hand-painted displays, anatomic models, charts, and other learning tools that are intended for use in teaching, health promotion activities, and health fairs. Some materials are accompanied by grade-specific lesson plans, background information, and web-links that can be used to support the teacher.

Borrowing Teaching Resources

Teachers, health promoters, health educators, students and other interested individuals may borrow materials from this collection for a period of 1 to 2 weeks. You can see pictures of some of these materials by clicking on the section titles. You can also reserve and use these materials in your health education activities by contacting the Office of Diversity and Inclusion at 520-621-5531 / 800-841-5948 or email

Personal Health

Smoking and Tobacco [link PDF]
  • Consequences of Smoking Display
  • Death of Lung Display
  • Inflatable Lung and Maintenance Kit—Lung Swine Smokers (*with teacher’s guide)
  • Smokey Sue Smokes for Two (*with the ABC’s of smoking guide)
  • Mr. Gross Mouth (*with smokeless tobacco guide)
  • Effects of Alcohol and Tobacco (Unhealthy Organ Tunic)
  • *Websites for Tobacco Information and Educational Activities
  • *Background Information on Smoking
  • *Smoking and Tobacco Lesson Plans
Drug and Substance Abuse [link PDF]
  • Substance Abuse Identification Display (*with identification guide)
  • Consequences of Drug Abuse
  • *Websites for Substance Abuse Information and Educational Activities
  • *Background Information on Drug and Substance Abuse
  • *Drug and Substance Lesson Plans
Obesity and Diabetes [link PDF]
  • Consequences of Obesity
  • Fun Facts Test Tubes Set (*with handouts)
  • Globs of Fat
  • *Websites for Obesity Information and Educational Activities
  • *Background Information on Obesity
  • Consequences of Diabetes
  • *Websites for Diabetes Information and Educational Activities
  • *Background Information on Diabetes
  • *Eating Healthy Lesson Plans
Sexual Health and Babies [link PDF]
  • Contraceptives Display (*with handouts)
  • Advanced Childbirth Simulator (*with instruction manual)
  • Baby Dolls
  • Shaken Baby Model (*with child abuse and neglect guide)
  • Injury Prevention Model
  • Face Up to Wake Up SIDS Risk Reduction Resource Kit
  • *Websites for Sexual Health and Baby Information and Educational Activities
  • *Sexual Health and Baby Lesson Plans
Bones [link PDF]
  • Loss of Bone Display
  • *Websites for Bone Information and Educational Activities
  • *Background Information on Osteoporosis and Calcium
  • *Healthy Bone Lesson Plans
Heart, Blood Pressure, and Arteries [link PDF]
  • Consequences of High Blood Pressure
  • *Background Information on hypertension
  • Blood Pressure Simulator (*with instruction manual)
  • *Background Information Blood Pressure Monitoring
  • Death of an Artery Display
  • *Websites for Heart Information and Educational Activities
  • *Heart and Blood Pressure Lesson Plans

Charts and Models

Heart Models [link PDF]
  • The Heart Chart
  • Magnified Heart Model (CH-3) Budget Jumbo Heart Model (*with handout)
  • Heart of America Model
  • Heart of America Plus with Coronary Bypass Vessels (*with teacher’s guide)
  • HeartPower! Cassette tape
  • *Heart Anatomy Sheet
Joint Models [link PDF]
Nervous System [link PDF]
  • The Nervous System Chart
  • *Websites for Nervous System Information and Educational Activities
  • *Background Information on the Organization of the Nervous System and on the Human Central Nervous System

Other Learning Materials [link PDF]

  • Glo Germ Kit (*with worksheets and information)
  • X-Ray View Box
  • Molecular Visions the Flexible Molecular Model Kit

*Prices for all kits, models, displays, etc. were collected on 10/09/12.