Western Michigan University received a $1.9 million dollar grant to fund the training of future practitioners in behavioral health. The grant will fund the development of a culturally and linguistically responsive behavioral health workforce.
Too often health care ignores cultural differences leading to some communities being underserved. Health workers need to understand cultural knowledge, practices, and language to reach all communities. Many communities have embedded health knowledge and traditional practices that can be used in maintaining good health and preventing disease. Training practitioners in cultural competency is essential to providing healthcare that reaches everyone. How can programs teach cultural competency to be scaled up? How might a culturally competent workforce better deliver care?