2018 Cultural Competence Summit
"Honoring California's Diversity: A Call To Action"


“It is a representation of stormy emotions in the environment. The tree is where I find stillness, peace, and happiness.”

Watercolor Art by Selvino Moscare

The Cultural Competence Summit, “Honoring California’s Diversity: A Call to Action” focused on highlighting innovative programs to reduce stigma and increase behavioral health services and substance use treatment to underserved communities.

The conference objectives were to:

  • Educate and inform attendees about effective cultural strategies for reaching diverse populations.
  • Inspire attendees to try new strategies to reach diverse populations.
  • Highlight successful programs that currently exist throughout the State that reach diverse populations.
  • Develop a framework for action.

California counties are at the forefront of providing behavioral health services to California’s diverse population. The 2018 Cultural Competence Summit offered a range of cultural specific workshops and presentations to promote learning and advance the cultural competence needs of individuals, families, and communities.

This Statewide conference was a unique opportunity to strengthen connections and enrich networks among stakeholders, behavioral health, and substance use directors, ethnic service managers, workforce training managers, Prevention and Early Intervention coordinators, and other behavioral health professionals.


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