5-Minute MCH: Module 7.3

5-Minute MCH: Module 7.3

Cultural Competency

Module 7.3: 5 Implementation Strategies

In this module we will augment the knowledge you've gained from the last module's learning opportunities by providing you with 5 implementation strategies gathered from our team of experts.

These implementation strategies follow a conceptual model of widening circles of influence. In this model, MCH leaders utilize resources and tools to activate change within their organization, which in turn incorporates partners through its systems of influence. Together, changes may be implemented to affect specific target populations and the MCH community in general.

Implementation ModelModel for Public Health Competency Implementation

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These 5 implementation strategies align with the 5 circles of the Model for Public Health Competency Implementation, and represent ways that you can utilize what you've learned over the past few modules. In particular, we have included resources and strategies to align your work with the transformation of the MCH Block Grant.

  1. How to Advance Yourself as an MCH Leader (Self-Reflection Strategy). Identify your personal strengths and areas of growth by taking 5 minutes to register/log-in to the MCH Navigator's Self-Assessment and answer questions related to Competency 7: Cultural Competency.
  2. How to Find and Use Tools to Help You (Information Strategy). There are a great number of resources in the field that address cultural and linguistic competence, but where to start? The National Center for Education in Maternal and Child Health (NCEMCH) has developed a number of resources to get you going, including a Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Health knowledge path, a Culturally Competent Services professional resource brief, and a Translation Toolkit for Health Professionals.
  3. How to Activate Your Organization (Organizational Strategy). Assessing attitudes, practices, policies and structures of administrators and service providers is a necessary, effective and systematic way to plan for and incorporate cultural competence within an organization. The National Center for Cultural Competence has developed A Guide to Planning and Implementing Cultural Competence Organizational Self-Assessment that provides the benefits of conducting the assessment as well as useful steps to making it happen within your organization. You can also use two assessments that they have developed: The Cultural and Linguistic Competence Assessment for Disability Organizations and for Family Organizations. Cultural competence in service delivery is increasingly important to respond to demographic changes in the United States; eliminate long-standing disparities in the health status of people of diverse racial, ethnic, and cultural backgrounds; improve the quality of services and health outcomes; and meet legislative, regulatory, and accreditation mandates. The American Speech Language Hearing Association has developed the Cultural Competence Checklist: Policies and Procedures, a tool to heighten awareness of the impact of cultural and linguistic factors.
  4. How to Incorporate Partners (Systems Strategy). The National Standards for Culturally and Linguistically Appropriate Services (CLAS) in Health and Health Care provide a framework for all health care organizations to best serve the nation's increasingly diverse communities. Since the enhanced CLAS Standards' publication, many entities across the country have adopted the standards, including several states who have created toolkits, trainings, and other materials to guide organizations’ implementation of the standards:
  5. How to Engage Your Communities. Health care organizations should give careful consideration to the values and principles that govern their participation in community engagement. The National Center for Cultural Competence's Checklist to Facilitate Cultural Competence in Community Engagement is designed to guide health care organizations in developing and administering policies that support cultural and linguistic competence in community engagement. It is a part of their larger policy brief on Engaging Communities to Realize the Vision of One Hundred Percent Access and Zero Health Disparities: A Culturally Competent Approach.

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Comment on the Implementation Strategies...

Please share your thoughts on ways to implement this competency in your daily work by telling us how you plan to incorporate these strategies into your work, asking questions about how others actualize this competency, or suggesting new strategies focused on this competency.

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See What Others are Saying...

Tell us how you will use what you have learned:

  • "Really good information on the CLAS standards. I hadn't realized how many states are using them. It's going to give me some new ideas for incorporating them into work here."
  • These assessments look actually doable, which is always a concern. How to take the time to put cultural competency into place when we have new staff all the time who hasn't had this background."
This project is supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) under grant number UE8MC25742; MCH Navigator for $180,000/year. This information or content and conclusions are those of the author and should not be construed as the official position or policy of, nor should any endorsements be inferred by HRSA, HHS or the U.S. Government.