Cultural Competence Summit XX: Supporting Community Defined Practices

The theme for the Cultural Competence Summit XX was Supporting Community Defined Practices. This Summit focused on highlighting Community Defined Practices used by disparate communities to reduce stigma to increase access to mental health services and treatment throughout California counties. The conference objectives were to: 

  • Educate and inform attendees about effective strategies for reaching diverse populations; 
  • Inspire attendees to try new strategies to reach diverse populations, and 
  • Highlight successful activities that currently exist throughout the State that reach diverse populations. 

California counties are at the forefront of providing mental health services to California’s diverse population. Getting out the word about mental health services to under- and unserved communities, requires counties to “think differently” about how to accomplish this goal. While counties plan for, train, and implement, and fund evidence-based programs and practices, reaching and serving historically un- and underserved populations necessitate alternative approaches. Using “Community Defined Evidence” (CDE) and “Practice-Based Evidence” (PBE) approaches are appropriate and necessary to gain access to these communities in order to reduce the stigma and discrimination associated with mental illness and for reaching into these unserved communities to bring their community members into care.

The 2017 Cultural Competence Summit XX offered an opportunity to learn about a range of cultural specific methodologies through workshops and presentations in order to promote learning and to advance cultural competence throughout organizations and systems with the goal of effectively meeting the diverse needs of individuals, families, and communities. This Summit was a unique opportunity to bring together people who strive to bring culturally appropriate and culturally relevant mental health care to strengthen connections and enriches the networks among stakeholders. The commitment to providing culturally competence mental health care was shared by a wide audience, particularly individuals with lived experience and their families, healthcare professionals from diverse  backgrounds, managers and decision-makers in leadership roles, community-based organizations, physicians (including family physicians, pediatricians, and psychiatrists), faculty and staff from academic departments, representatives from faith-based communities, and researchers and collaborators from different sectors (e.g., emergency social services, law enforcement officers, or employers).


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