Effects of Cultural Competency Training on Local Health Departments: A Randomized Trial

Year: 2011
Funding: Research Acceleration & Capacity Expansion Supplement (RACE)
Status: Completed

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This project through the Kentucky PBRN analyzes variation in the cultural and linguistic competence of local health departments within Kentucky, adapt and test a series of training modules designed to strengthen cultural and linguistic competence among staff, and evaluate the effectiveness of these training models. The study uses existing baseline data from an earlier project that conducted organizational assessments of each department using an instrument designed to measure compliance with the National Standards on Culturally and Linguistically Appropriate Services (CLAS). Competency training models are being adapted from existing modules developed by the Office of Minority Health at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and delivered via videoconferences and webinars to random subsample of local health departments. The CLAS survey will be repeated after training completion and used to estimate training program effectiveness using repeated-measures estimation techniques.

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Richard C. Ingram, Dr.P.H., M.Ed.

Brandon Hurley, M.P.H.