Cultural Competency Evaluation Report

September 12, 2012  |  Foundation News  | Read More

The REACH Foundation introduced a Cultural Competency Initiative in 2008 with an aim of increasing understanding and practice of cultural competency in health and human service organizations — and with a long-term goal of reducing barriers that contribute to health disparities.

The Health Care Foundation of Greater Kansas City joined REACH in support of the initiative in fall 2010, expanding the number of area agencies involved. Since that time, two other funding organizations have joined this effort.

A major component of the initiative is access to individualized technical assistance to help organizations assess cultural competence in their agencies and develop work plans for improvement. Health and human service organizations apply to participate through a competitive RFP process. Organizations selected receive 12 months of TA and membership in a monthly learning community. As of 2012, nearly 20 organizations have been selected to participate.

Resource Development Institute completed an evaluation of the initiative over its first two years that focused on intermediate outcomes which demonstrate changes in organizational policies and procedures; changes in leadership support, planning and service design; changes in the attitudes, motivations and skills of agency personnel related to cultural competency; and  tangible changes in how direct services are delivered.

To learn more, read the executive summary and the full report.

For more information, contact Carla Gibson, senior program officer, carla@reachhealth.org.