Moderator- Wendy Jones
The journey to cultural and linguistic competence is a developmental process that evolves over an extended period of time. No two individuals, programs or systems travel the same roads or byways while on the path to cultural and linguistic competence. As healthcare and mental health care providers, agencies and organizations strive to plan for and implement cultural and linguistic competence; they encounter roundabouts, roadblocks, changing road conditions and road signs to lead them along the journey. This interactive Peer-to-Peer session is designed to explore the experiences of local, regional and national efforts/initiatives aimed at reducing health and mental health disparities, social and cultural inequities, increasing collaboration/community engagement, and access to care through systems reform.
During this session, each of six presenters from-
- Oregon’s State Health Fund Board’s Health Equities Committee tasked with designing a comprehensive health reform strategy for the 2009 state legislature,
- School of Public Health, Hadassah Medical Organisation, Jerusalem, Israel, tackling systems reform to address social and cultural inequities within a national health insurance system,
- Alaska’s Department of Health and Human Services, Municipality of Anchorage working on implementation of a “Multicultural Action Plan to positively influence internal and external services and supports to Anchorage’s diverse and mainstream communities,
- Oklahoma Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services’ implementation of a systematic strategic Cultural Competency Plan,
- The Suffolk County (New York) Department of Health Services, Office of Minority Health’s action plan for systematic implementation of the Culturally and Linguistically Appropriate Service (CLAS) Standards,
- The Rhode Island Department of Health, Division of Family Health and Equity’s three tiered approach to implementing the CLAS standards for developing language access polices, engaging diverse stakeholders in a collaborative process to address cultural competence and language access, and building a support structure to develop tools and provide technical assistance;
will: 1) introduce their program, 2) discuss the impetus for planning and implementing culturally and linguistically competent polices, practices, structures and procedures, 3) share challenges to implementation and resolutions, and 4) explore successful approaches/strategies and outcomes.