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Deadline: December 5, 2016
Are you interested in improving your MCH Training Program or institution's practices around diversity or health equity? Are you revamping your existing practices related to training on cultural and linguistic competence or looking for resources, tools, and best practices related to diversity, cultural and linguistic competence and health equity initiatives? If so, consider applying for the 2017 Diversity and Health Equity Peer Learning Collaborative!
By Oanh Thi Thu Bui, Diversity Fellow, Institute for Community Inclusion, UMass Boston
When parents reach out to me, their stories may be very complicated, requiring intensive support in multiple areas, from medical and educational to social support. A few families have contacted me more than 150 times over the course of one year, both in person, or on the phone or via email. Communicating with schools and participating in school activities is often not part of Asian culture. Many of these families have high expectations for their children, but they don't expect a child with disability to be independent and to work. It's been satisfying to see some of the parents who attend my support group get more involved in their children's education. In Part 2 of our series about cultural brokering, Oanh shares more about how her organization supports Vietnamese parents whose children have disability.
A Diversity Community of Practice Funded by the Administration on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
The Georgetown University National Center for Cultural Competence (NCCC was awarded a new project funded by the Administration on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities - a Diversity Community of Practice. The project is funded through a Cooperative Agreement for five years (9/1/16- 8/31/21). The project has two primary objectives. To create and implement a multifaceted Community of Practice (CoP) designed to facilitate peer exchange, share information, provide technical assistance, and leverage resources to increase diversity and advance cultural and linguistic competence in state/territorial DD systems. To integrate content from a proven curriculum (Georgetown Leadership Academy) into a multi-state/territory CoP model designed to foster leadership for system transformation.
The AUCD Board of Directors has established a number of Councils and Committees that are made up of experts in the field to help the Board address emerging trends and issues, and to facilitate communication across and beyond the AUCD network.
The Multicultural Council advocates for training, direct service, outreach, technical assistance, clinical services, research, and dissemination to be provided in a culturally competent manner and secure the meaningful participation of individuals from diverse racial and ethnic and linguistically diverse backgrounds at all levels of the Association's membership.
The Multicultural Council is established as an integral part of the Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD).
The mission of the Council is to advocate on behalf of the cultural diversity and cultural competence mandates of the Developmental Disabilities Act and other relevant legislation and policy as amended. The Council fulfills this mission to the Association and its constituent membership by serving as a conduit for technical assistance, providing input into policy, and engaging in other support activities deemed necessary to advance the area of cultural competence as mandated by the Administration on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (AIDD) and the Maternal and Child Health Bureau (MCHB).
The primary purpose of the Council is for training, direct service, outreach, technical assistance, clinical services, research, and dissemination to be provided in a culturally competent manner and secure the meaningful participation of individuals from diverse racial and ethnic and linguistically diverse backgrounds at all levels of the Association's membership.
The Council shall: serve as a focus for the identification and discussion of issues regarding cultural competence and cultural diversity; serve as a representative voice of the cultural diversity and cultural competence interests and concerns within the Association's network; and influence the development and implementation of national policies and initiatives relevant to achieving and sustaining cultural competence and cultural diversity within each member program.
The Council membership shall consist of one representative, endorsed by Director of the member program, who shall serve an unlimited term as long as s/he is the Multicultural or diversity Director/Coordinator. If no such position exists, a designee who best represents the overall cultural diversity and cultural competence interests of that Association member shall be designated to the Council by the program's Director.