Achieving Cultural Competency in Personal & Professional Practice


Individuals, particularly those who serve in therapeutic roles, may often ask themselves the following questions: How do I know if I am behaving in a culturally competent manner? How do I go about achieving cultural competency in a meaningful way so that it is reflected in my professional and personal life? This section offers resources to consider when navigating the process toward becoming culturally competent whether you are a student, a professional, a school district, or a business.

Cultural Competency Ambassadors in the Workplace

There are organizations out there whose missions are solely to help other organizations become culturally competent within their business models and/or services. Below are a select few who offer systematic support, trainings, consultation and/or educational research about best cultural diversity practices in education, healthcare, and workplaces in general.

Achieving Cultural Competency:

In Schools Nationwide:

Pacific Education Group (PEG): PEG’s mission is to address systemic issues of educational inequity by providing guidance to districts as to how to meet the needs of underserved students of color populations. Through our Framework for Systemic Equity / Anti-Racism Transformation, PEG is dedicated to helping school districts address racial educational disparities intentionally, explicitly, and comprehensively.

In Oregon Schools:

Oregon Center for Educational Equity: Committed to making schools a safe and engaging place for each and every student. Goals of this organization include: to address systemic issues of educational inequity, implement effective collaboration practices and create school structures and classrooms that work for historically oppressed student populations.

In HealthCare Settings:

The Arizona Hispanic Center of Excellence (AZ-HCOE) is part of a national effort funded by the Department of Health and Human Services,Health Resources and Services Administration. The mission of AZ-HCOE is to promote the health of the community by meeting the needs of the state’s growing Latino population. AZ-HCOE goals are to: increase the number of Latino/Hispanic physicians; enhance health research that serves the Latino/Hispanic population in the Southwest; and improve the cultural competency of health-care services for Latino/Hispanic communities.

DiversityRx: The purpose of DiversityRx is to improve the accessibility and quality of health care for minority, immigrant, and indigenous communities. DiversityRx supports those who develop and provide health services that are responsive to the cultural and linguistic differences presented by diverse populations, and provide professional development opportunities and offer technical assistance on key practice and policy issues.

Asian Pacific American Medical Student Association (APAMSA): APAMSA is committed to helping patients overcome language barriers to achieve good health. This group has compiled a variety of resources in different languages to help APAMSA chapters work with non-English-speaking patients. These range from translated educational health pamphlets to examples of translated forms to materials for language-learners.

The Commonwealth Fund: The mission of The Commonwealth Fund is to promote a high-performing health care system that achieves better access, improved quality, and greater efficiency, particularly for society's most vulnerable, including low-income people, the uninsured, minority Americans, young children, and elderly adults. The Fund carries out this mandate by supporting independent research on health care issues and making grants to improve health care practice and policy. An international program in health policy is designed to stimulate innovative policies and practices in the United States and other industrialized countries.

In All Workplace Settings:

Stir Fry Seminars & Consulting: Its mission is to bridge attitudes and values to reflect and honor differences through dialogue. We support communities to view diversity as a gift and a contribution. Together, in partnership, we create safe, authentic environments where trust is experienced and relationships are transformed.