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Cultural Competency 

Definition ● PhilosophyCommunityFamilyLanguageWeb-Based Trainings ● Resources ● Questions


Cultural and linguistic competence are a set of congruent behaviors, attitudes, and policies that come together in a system, agency, or among professionals which enables effective work in cross-cultural, bilingual situations. It is a developmental process that evolves over an extended period, where individuals and organizations are at various levels of awareness, knowledge, and skills along the cultural competence continuum.

Main areas include:

The HealthHIV Cultural Competency Program increases 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 equity.

HealthHIV training programs are designed to develop multicultural leaders who can assure and champion the health and well-being of vulnerable populations.  Trainings build a healthcare workforce that can effectively provide services, design and evaluate programs, conduct research, develop and administer health policy, and provide leadership in health care within a diverse and multicultural society. 

Cultural Competency: Definition and Conceptual Framework


Cultural competence requires that organizations:

Cultural competence is a developmental process evolving over an extended period. Individuals and organizations are at various levels of awareness, knowledge and skills along the cultural competence continuum.

Culturally Competent Guiding Values & Principles



Practice & Service Design

Community Engagement


Cultural competence extends the concept of self-determination to the community.

Family & Consumers


Linguistic Competence: Definition


The capacity of an organization and its personnel to communicate effectively, and convey information in a manner which is easily understood by diverse audiences including persons of Limited English Proficiency (LEP), those who have low literacy skills or are not literate, individuals with disabilities, and those who are deaf or hard of hearing. Linguistic competency requires organizational and provider capacity to respond effectively to the health and mental health literacy needs of populations served. The organization must have policy, structures, practices, procedures, and dedicated resources to support this capacity.

Guiding Values and Principles for Language Access



Web-Based Trainings 

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Cultural Competency in Healthcare

Overview:   This webinar examines the role an organization's leadership plays in addressing:
  • Title VI, and other Federal regulations targeting health care providers,
  • Health literacy,
  • HIV stigma,
  • Differences between "medical interpretation" and "medical translation,"
  • Cultural competency,
  • Barriers to care.


Learning Objectives:  At the conclusion of this training participants will be able to:

  • Identify best practices to improve quality of services and decrease health disparities, and
  • Better understand the role culture plays in health care delivery.



National Standards for Culturally and Linguistically Appropriate Services in Health Care



For additional information please email , Intensive Capacity Building Coordinator, or call (202) 232-6749.

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