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Six TTCs Unite With Ohio State Partners to Offer New Cultural and Linguistic Competence Masters Series

Publication Date: Aug 21, 2019

The Great Lakes ATTC, MHTTC, and PTTC and the National Hispanic and Latino ATTC, MHTTC, and PTTC have teamed up with The Prevention Action Alliance, the Ohio Latino Affairs Commission, and Ohio Mental Health and Addiction Services to offer a new training and learning collaborative for Ohio providers: The Cultural and Linguistic Competence Intensive Masters Series. 

Like many states, Ohio faces challenges in providing culturally and linguistically appropriate healthcare services to its diverse communities. Cultural competence, defined as care that respects diversity in the patient population and understanding of cultural and linguistic factors that can affect health and health care, is considered an essential component in building health equity and inclusion.

The Cultural and Linguistic Competence Intensive Masters Series is designed to help Ohio organizations prepare the behavioral health workforce to serve individuals from diverse backgrounds. The four-month training and learning collaborative will give participants the skills they need to improve service delivery, enhance treatment outcomes, and integrate cultural and linguistic competence into their organizational structures.

This training collaborative brings all three of the Great Lakes regional and the National Hispanic and Latino technology transfer center programs together for the first timecombining their regional and national expertise on cultural competence in prevention, treatment, and recovery services. The state partners, Prevention Action Alliance, the Ohio Latino Affairs Commission and the Ohio Mental Health and Addiction Services bring the state perspective to inform a learning collaborative specifically targeted to local needs. 

The Masters Series presents cultural competence not as a distinct knowledge base, but rather as a system that incorporates cultural awareness, communications principles, implementation science, clinical applications, leadership development, and process improvement. An intensive technical assistance design will enable participants to create and sustain culturally-informed organizations that are equipped to provide responsive services to clients from any culture or background.  

For more information about the Masters Series, contact Alfredo Cerrato of the Great Lakes ATTC: Alfredo.cerrato@wisc.edu