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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. Practicing cultural competence to honor diversity means understanding the core needs of your target audience and designing services and materials to meet those needs strategically. It is important to regularly and honestly evaluate your organizational and operational practices to ensure all voices are heard and reflected.

Key Considerations

  • Conduct 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.

Basic Cultural Competence Principles

Cultural Competence in Specific Settings

Social Determinants of Health

Content created by Office of Adolescent Health
Content last reviewed on March 1, 2017