Capacity is essential for successfully planning and implementing an intervention to address a priority health issue. This component addresses key elements for developing capacity-cultural competence, building partnership capacity, budget preparation and funding resources.
Cultural competence is a complex concept that may have different meanings for different audiences. Community Health Improvement Resources defines cultural competence as having the skills and abilities to respond respectfully and effectively to the priority population in a manner that recognizes, affirms, and values diversity and equity. Therefore, cultural competence is more than just increasing awareness of or sensitivity to diverse groups and cultures.
Cultural competence requires that organizations (National Center for Cultural Competence, NCCC):
The NCCC describes cultural competence as a developmental process that evolves over time. To increase cultural competence, it is important to have a strong partnership with representation from diverse individuals and organizations (see Partnership) and a good understanding of the social determinants of health in your community.
If you and your partners identify the need to increase cultural competency, seek out local resources and opportunities for training and technical assistance available in your community. For a list of resources, go to Cultural Competency websites.
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