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Cross Cultural Competencies: CBO affiliation

Briefly describe the activity and its purpose.

Cultural competence is an MCH leadership competency that our LEND program has been able to address in multiple ways.  In addition to having presenters from various cultural backgrounds speak in our seminar series and classes, we have each LEND fellow affiliate with a community-based organization (CBO). We have partnered with over 32 CBOs in the past ten years and have solid relationships with organizations serving Haitian, Somali, Ethiopian, Eritrean, Chinese, Vietnamese, Portuguese, African-American, and Latin American communities, along with various multi-cultural agencies. Fellows each spend about half a day each week for between 12 to 24 weeks (or between 50-100 hours) at the agency.

What are the expected learning outcomes for trainees?

Fellows learn about how developmental disability is perceived in that community, how having a child with a disability may impact access to services or affect family status, discern any stigma associated with the disability, and generally learn about cultural perceptions of developmental disabilities. In return, the fellow develops a small project for the CBO that typically assists the agency in providing better services for the families they serve.

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