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This brief emphasizes the importance of considering cultural contexts when developing public policy, exploring three key areas of public health–nutrition, migration, and environment.

This page features policy briefs published as part of WHO-Europe’s Cultural Contexts of Health and Wellbeing program.

This brief uses a cultural contexts of health approach to explore the integral role that culture plays in the challenge of addressing antibiotic resistance, which poses a significant threat to global health. Several factors are explored including: transmission of resistance, antibacterial medicine use, and regulation of research funding.

This brief emphasizes the importance of ensuring access to people-centered health systems for migrants and refugees as they go through the migration process. Authors develop a toolkit with suggestions for how to employ an evidence-based response to addressing migrant health needs.

This paper recommends a shift away from traditional approaches to stigma and discrimination that emphasize cultural understandings of patient experience toward an approach that focuses on the structural and systemic factors that impact health outcomes. This approach of “structural competency” consists of 5 core competencies. Authors also examples ways that structural competency can be integrated into curricula.

A $600,000 grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation will fund a three-year project with the World Health Organization to develop a new model for health care that incorporates the consideration of cultural attitudes and practices that affect health in the United States

WHO announces that its Cultural Contexts of Health and Well-being (CCH) project will be rolled out in the United States, being led by Dr. Ted Fischer at Vanderbilt University.