5-Minute MCH: Module 7.4

5-Minute MCH: Module 7.4

Cultural Competency

Module 7.4: 15-Minute Summary

Here we summarize the knowledge you've gained over the previous modules with a 5-minute presentation by Tawara Goode, Director, Georgetown University National Center for Cultural Competence & Associate Director, University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities, Center for Child & Human Development Assistant Professor, Department of Pediatrics Georgetown University Medical Center, in which she gives a personal reflection on what she has learned about cultural and linguistic competency over the last two decades.

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Tawara Goode About Our Speaker

Tawara Goode is an assistant professor in the Department of Pediatrics, Georgetown University Medical Center in Washington, D.C. She has been on the faculty of the Georgetown University Center for Child and Human Development (GUCCHD), for the past 30 years and has served in many capacities. She has degrees in early childhood education, and education and human development. Professor Goode has extensive experience as a principal investigator for federal and private sector grants and contracts. She is the director of the Georgetown University National Center for Cultural Competence (NCCC) at GUCCHD. She is also the Associate Director of the GUCCHD’s University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities and focuses on national level efforts to advance and sustain cultural and linguistic competence in this field.

The mission of the NCCC is to increase the capacity of health care and mental health care programs to design, implement, and evaluate culturally and linguistically competent service delivery systems to address growing diversity, persistent disparities, and to promote health and mental health equity. Professor Goode is recognized as a thought leader in the area of cultural and linguistic competence and building the NCCC into a nationally and internationally recognized and award winning program. She had a primary role in developing curricula, assessment instruments, professional development series, and other resources that support cultural and linguistic competence.

Professor Goode is actively involved in the development and implementation of programs and initiatives in the area of cultural and linguistic competence at local, national, and international levels. These efforts address the needs of diverse audiences including health and mental health care, public health, social services, community/advocacy organizations, professional societies/organizations, and institution of higher education. Professor Goode has conducted research on cultural and linguistic competence and its role in addressing health and health care disparities and is currently involved in several studies: 1) a collaborative effort to create validated instruments to measure cultural and linguistic competence in health care settings; 2) a multi-site project to examine health disparities for populations at the intersection of race, ethnicity, and disability; and 3) a community- engaged study to examine can barriers to participation in research by racial and ethnic groups (other than non- Hispanic White) be reduced by “truth and reconciliation” community forums designed to acknowledge past injustices and exploitation committed by researchers and research institutions and foster reconciliation. Professor Goode serves on two research grants including: Georgetown-Howard Universities Center for Clinical Translational Science and the Georgetown University Center for Excellence in Health Disparities in the Nation’s Capital.

Her publications include peer reviewed articles, book chapters, monographs, policy papers, guides and instruments that support cultural and linguistic competence in a variety of human service and academic settings. Professor Goode has and continues to serve on numerous boards, commissions and advisory groups at the local, regional, and national levels that are concerned with the health, mental health, and well-being of culturally and linguistically diverse populations and communities in the U.S. its territories, and in tribal communities.

Professor Goode is the Principal Investigator for a five-year Cooperative Agreement for the Leadership Institute for Cultural Diversity and Cultural and Linguistic Competence, funded by the Administration on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, ACL, HHS. She has a joint faculty appointment and is collaborating on an exciting partnership with the University of Sydney, New South Wales, Australia to establish it’s National Centre for Cultural Competence with a mission of increasing students, faculty, and staff from Indigenous populations and ensuring every University student, across all programs, graduates with a core set of cultural competencies.


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  • "Tawara Goode was amazing and packed a lot of info into 5 minutes. What I appreciated is that she essentially created talking points which I can share with others. Sometimes I find it hard to succinctly share the importance of Cultural and Linguistic Competency and what it means with others. This really helped. When I have 5 minutes to address peers and coworkers on this issue, I will use a lot of this information. Thank you to Tawara Goode."
  • "Great use of 15 minutes to rekindle and recharge about important issues in MCH."
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