2017 ORS 413.450¹
Continuing education in cultural competency

(1) The Oregon Health Authority shall approve continuing education opportunities relating to cultural competency.

(2) The authority shall develop a list of continuing education opportunities relating to cultural competency and make the list available to each board, as defined in ORS 676.850 (Authority of regulatory boards to require cultural competency continuing education).

(3) The continuing education opportunities may include, but need not be limited to:

(a) Courses delivered either in person or electronically;

(b) Experiential learning such as cultural or linguistic immersion;

(c) Service learning; or

(d) Specially designed cultural experiences.

(4) The continuing education opportunities must teach attitudes, knowledge and skills that enable a health care professional to care effectively for patients from diverse cultures, groups and communities, including but not limited to:

(a) Applying linguistic skills to communicate effectively with patients from diverse cultures, groups and communities;

(b) Using cultural information to establish therapeutic relationships; and

(c) Eliciting, understanding and applying cultural and ethnic data in the process of clinical care.

(5) The authority may accept gifts, grants or contributions from any public or private source for the purpose of carrying out this section. Moneys received by the authority under this subsection shall be deposited into the Oregon Health Authority Fund established by ORS 413.101 (Oregon Health Authority Fund).

(6) The authority may contract with or award grant funding to a public or private entity to develop the list of or offer approved continuing education opportunities relating to cultural competency. The authority is not subject to the requirements of ORS chapters 279A, 279B and 279C with respect to contracts entered into under this subsection. [2013 c.240 §2]

Note: See note under 413.430 (Functions of Director of Oregon Health Authority regarding health professionals).


1 Legislative Counsel Committee, CHAPTER 413—Oregon Health Authority, https://­www.­oregonlegislature.­gov/­bills_laws/­ors/­ors413.­html (2017) (last ac­cessed Mar. 30, 2018).
2 OregonLaws.org contains the con­tents of Volume 21 of the ORS, inserted along­side the per­tin­ent statutes. See the preface to the ORS An­no­ta­tions for more information.
3 OregonLaws.org assembles these lists by analyzing references between Sections. Each listed item refers back to the current Section in its own text. The result reveals relationships in the code that may not have otherwise been apparent.