Cultural competence requires that organizations (National Center for Cultural Competence, NCCC):
• have the capacity to (1) value diversity, (2) conduct self-assessment, (3) manage the dynamics of difference, (4) acquire and institutionalize cultural knowledge and (5) adapt to diversity and the cultural contexts of the communities they serve.
• incorporate the above in all aspects of policy making, administration, practice, service delivery and involve systematically consumers, key stakeholders and communities.
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.
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