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.