Thanks to a grant awarded by the Foundation for a Healthy St. Petersburg, the Tampa Bay Healthcare Collaborative has expanded the Cultural & Linguistic Competency Initiative (CLCI), which utilizes a collaborative learning model to assist health and human service organizations in providing more effective care to racially, ethnically, culturally and linguistically diverse groups and reduce health disparities based on such factors.
This unique program aims to increase the cultural and linguistic competency of staff, board and other stakeholders of participating organizations through an active learning assessment, and action planning process. The first learning session kicked off in September with the five participating organizations which includes: Bon Secours St. Petersburg Health System, Empath Health,Florida Department of Health in Pinellas, St. Petersburg Free Clinic and Vincent House.
Over the past three months, the participating organizations have participated in interactive learning sessions and begun to collect data to better understand their organizations. They will continue a journey towards organizational cultural transformation to include policy review and assessment, action planning and customized consultation. As part of the process eachorganization has developed a core planning team help guide the self-assessment process and assist with the completion of assignments.
Currently, the teams are engaging in difficult conversations around racial justice and health equity. They are also examining biases and challenging assumptions while forming meaningful cross-cultural connections with one another. Additionally, they have begun to administer surveys to clients to better understand their attitudes, perceptions and beliefs about the services received. Next they will survey staff, board members and volunteers to become aware of views about the organization’s level of cultural and linguistic competency.
Given the current societal and political climate, we believe there is no better time to build the cultural and linguistic competence of our community as a strategy for mitigating health disparities and achieving health equity. If you would like more information or have any questions please contact, Marissa Davis, CLCI Program Coordinator and Equity Specialist, (813) 382-0299, email@example.com.