Cultural Competence

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.

Key Considerations

  • 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.

Training Materials

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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The Basics

Cultural Competence in Healthcare Settings

Social Determinants of Health


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Last updated: January 04, 2017