Georgetown Health Foundation’s 2015 community needs assessment revealed that, among other things, the community did not feel that the people who made decisions on their behalf understood them. These cultural competency trainings are an attempt to increase understanding among non-profit organization leaders and staff about the populations they serve. The trainings have been endorsed by leaders who represent GHF’s target population.
“Culturally competent programs maintain a set of attitudes, perspectives, behaviors, and policies – both individually and organizationally – that promote positive and effective interactions with diverse cultures… It is important to regularly and honestly evaluate your organizational and operational practices to ensure all voices are heard and reflected.” – U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
According to Pedersenʼs Conceptual Framework for Developing Cultural and Cross-Cultural Competence (1994), there are four components to cultural competence: Knowledge, Attitude, Awareness, and Skills. Currently, GHF sponsors two trainings: one addresses Knowledge and Awareness, and the second addresses Attitude and Awareness.
Trainings are available free of charge to non-profits that serve Georgetown residents and align with the GHF mission and target population. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more details and to schedule a training.
Since April 2017, more than 400 people have participated in these trainings. Feedback to the prompt, “After this presentation I feel – “ is graphically displayed in the word cloud image. Note that this word cloud displays all key words submitted in the feedback, and the more frequently the word was used, the bigger the word is displayed.
Prompt: After this presentation I feel – empowered, informed, change, motivated, hopeful, educated, better, enlightened, aware, inspired, frustrated, encouraged, and more… (see word cloud image).