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Cultural Competence

Documenting the Implementation of Cultural and Linguistic Competence

A Guide for Maternal and Child Health Bureau Funded Training Programs

The National Center for Cultural Competence is pleased to announce a new product to support MCHB-funded training programs document efforts in advancing and sustaining cultural and linguistic competence. Documenting the Implementation of Cultural and Linguistic Competence: A Guide for Maternal and Child Health Bureau Funded Training Programs (PDF 140KB) Exit Disclaimer is designed to provide suggested approaches that can be used for grant proposals, progress reports, and site visits to document these efforts or to document progress over time. The guide’s structure is based on the areas addressed in site visits to Leadership in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities (LEND) programs; however, the suggested approaches to documentation can be used by all types of training programs.

National Center for Cultural Competence Exit Disclaimer at Georgetown University features self-assessment tools for providers, a series of training modules, and information on culturally competent, family-centered care.

The mission of the NCCC is to increase the capacity of health care and mental health care programs to design, implement, and evaluate culturally and linguistically competent service delivery systems to address growing diversity, persistent disparities, and to promote health and mental health equity.

Cultural competence is:

  • A set of values, behaviors, attitudes, and practices within a system, organization, program, or among individuals, which enables them to work effectively cross culturally
  • The ability to honor and respect the beliefs, language, interpersonal styles, and behaviors of individuals and families receiving services, as well as staff who are providing such services

The following two principles are closely linked to cultural competence:

  • Linguistic competence is the capacity to communicate effectively and to convey information that can be understood easily by diverse audiences, including those with limited English proficiency, those with limited or no literacy skills, and those with disabilities.
  • Family-centered care honors the strengths, cultures, traditions, and life experiences that individuals bring to the provider-family partnership. Family-centered care empowers families to share in making health decisions with their primary care providers.

Rationale for Cultural and Linguistic Competence in Maternal and Child Health Bureau–Funded Training Programs Exit Disclaimer

Cultural and Linguistic Competence Checklists for MCH Training Programs Exit Disclaimer: Includes Climate of the Learning Environment; Curriculum (coming soon); Experiential Learning and Addendum (Applying Cultural and Linguistic Competence to a Framework for Creating Learning Spaces for the Enhancement of Experiential Learning); Research; and Community Engagement and Collaboration (coming soon)

Curricula Enhancement Series:

  • The series was developed by the National Center for Cultural Competence through a cooperative agreement with the Division of MCH Workforce Development, Maternal and Child Health Bureau, Health Resources and Services Administration, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
  • The goal of the series is to increase the capacity of DRTE-funded programs to incorporate principles and practices of cultural and linguistic competence into all aspects of their leadership training.

The curricula enhancement series centers on four key content areas:

  • Cultural awareness
  • Cultural self-assessment
  • Process of inquiry -- communicating in a multicultural environment
  • Public health in a multicultural environment
    • Curricula Enhancement Module Series Exit Disclaimer
      • Cultural Awareness
      • Cultural Self-Assessment
      • Process of Inquiry -- Communicating in a Multicultural Environment
      • Public Health in a Multicultural environment Data Vignettes

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