Culturally competent programs maintain a set of attitudes, perspectives, behaviors, and policies – both individually and organizationally – that promote positive and effective interactions with diverse cultures. Incorporating culturally competent practices can be beneficial to programs across all stages of program delivery, including recruitment, retention, and engagement.
- Conduct both a needs and a capacity assessment to identify cultural commonalities and differences to be addressed, and the ability of your program to address them.
- Involve individuals representing the diversity of your community around the planning table of your organization and encourage cross-cultural dialogues.
- Facilitate both formal and informal opportunities for cross-cultural interactions among both program recipients and program staff.
Find additional training materials that may be relevant to cultural competence in teen pregnancy prevention programs in the Implementation, Engaging Select Populations, and Recruitment, Retention, and Engagement Training Areas. Also, the Office of Minority Health has a range of information and resources on cultural competence.
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- National Standards on Culturally and Linguistically Appropriate Services (HHS, Office on Minority Health)
- Build Linguistic and Cultural Competence in Your Program (HHS, Administration for Children and Families, National Clearinghouse on Families and Youth); June, 2015
- Enhancing Cultural Competence in Social Service Agencies: A Promising Approach to Serving Diverse Children and Families (HHS, Office of Planning, Research, and Evaluation); July, 2014
Cultural Competence in Healthcare Settings
- A Physician's Practical Guide to Culturally Competent Care> (HHS, Office of Minority Health)
- Culturally Competent Nursing Care: A Cornerstone of Caring (HHS, Office of Minority Health)
- Effective Communication Tools for Healthcare Professionals (HHS, Health Resources Services Administration)
- Health Literacy for Public Health Professionals (HHS, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)
Social Determinants of Health
- Co-Occurring Risks in Adolescence: Implications for Teen Pregnancy Prevention (HHS, Office of Adolescent Health)
- Health Disparities in Adolescent Pregnancy and Childbearing (HHS, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)
- Social Determinants of Health that Impact Teen Pregnancy (HHS, Office of Adolescent Health); Audio, Transcript
- Promoting Health Equity in Your Community: Utilizing the Working with Diverse Communities (WDC) Strategies Guided by Best Practice (HHS, Office of Adolescent Health); May, 2013
- Social Determinants of Teen Pregnancy (HHS, Office of Adolescent Health); May, 2013; Slides, Audio, Transcript
- Exploring Social Determinants of Teen Pregnancy and Subsequent Teen Pregnancy (HHS, Office of Adolescent Health); June, 2012
- Promoting Health Equity: A Resource to Help Communities Address Social Determinants of Health (HHS, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention); 2008
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