Cultural and Linguistic Competency

Cultural and Linguistic Competency Initiative

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 learning collaborative 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.


The CLCI is a unique project that aims to increase the cultural and linguistic competency of stakeholders of participating organizations through an active learning, assessment, and action planning process. Participating organizations chose a core planning team of individuals from multiple levels of the organization who will work together over a 12-month period towards culture transformation.


The teams receive training, information, resources, and technical assistance to address and increase cultural and linguistic competency within their organizations to achieve health equity. This means each organization will be able to better serve those they are committed to serving because they will have more tools and resources to make meaningful cross-cultural connections.


Participating organizations will have the chance to engage in difficult conversations, examine biases, and challenge assumptions. These elements are the levers for culture transformation in your organization that will lead to improved care for diverse clients.


Each participating organization and TBHC will also increase community awareness of health disparities and strengthen the abilities and competencies of nonprofit staff and community members by hosting and facilitating viewings of the documentary Unnatural Causes…is Inequality Making Us Sick? Ultimately engaging and supporting the community to implement activities to create and sustain health equity.


The following organizations are scheduled to complete CLCI training in September 2017:

  • Bon Secours Health System (
  • Empath Health (
  • Vincent House (
  • St. Petersburg Free Clinic (
  • Florida Department of Health in Pinellas County (


If you would like additional information or have any questions, contact Marissa Davis, Program Coordinator & Equity Specialist, and Tampa Bay Healthcare Collaborative via email at or phone (904) 714-8032.


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