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LOOKING AT THE BIG PICTURE
The key to serving everyone in the community is understanding your organization's culture. Organizations have a "culture" of policies, procedures, programs, and processes, and incorporate certain values, beliefs, assumptions, and customs. Organizational cultures largely echo the mainstream culture and may not always lend itself to cultural competence, that's where skill building comes in.
A culturally competent organization brings together knowledge about different groups of people and transforms it into standards, policies, and practices that make everything work.
Recent research has reinforced the notion that because organizational cultural competence is developmental and developed over time; stand alone training done in isolation is ineffective.
It can even be counterproductive if done without concurrent systemic and organizational changes. Rather training must be just a small part of a larger learning initiative.
CLAS ACADEMY CATALOG
To best leverage resources, the OHEA focuses training efforts the implementation of culturally and linguistically appropriate practices, policies, and procedures. These encourage behavior change at an organizational level. Organizations that are interested in longer term planning efforts may arrange academy training as a part of a larger developmental effort. Review the catalog here.
DBHDS CERTIFIED CULTURAL COMPETENCE FACILITATORS
Trained facilitators may be available to provide training on health equity and cultural/linguistic competence in your organization for no or low cost. Read more here.
VCU Partnership for People with Disabilities Talks on Tuesdays- CULTURAL GOGGLES: "Everybody's Got 'em"
This interactive webinar will encourage you to explore the way your cultural "goggles" enhances or inhibits your ability to develop cross cultural relationships in service delivery. We will define key definitions, look at current Virginia demographics and make predictions about populations you may begin to work with. We will use a three prong model to discuss strategies for effective communication and suggest ways to apply this new knowledge to your work in cross cultural service delivery.
Cultural Goggles Talks on Tuesdays (scroll down to the bottom of the page)
VCU Social Policy Forum - Planning for Culturally and Linguistically Appropriate Services
Effective Communication is Everyone's Business