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Western Michigan wins $1.5 million grant to train culturally and linguistically responsive behavioral health workers

by Alisha Bhagat, Sep 13
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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.

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So what?

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?

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by Alisha Bhagat Spotted 14 signals

Alisha Bhagat is a futurist whose work focuses on the creative use of futures tools to impact long term positive change, particularly around social justice and equality. For the past seven years, she has worked at Forum for the Future, a non-profit that helps organizations think systemically and sustainably about the future. Alisha brings a broad toolkit to her work and designs games, creates immersive experiences, and brings the future to life. Prior to joining Forum, Alisha was a foreign policy consultant for the US government and a fellow at the East-West Center in Honolulu. Alisha holds an MS in Foreign Service from Georgetown University and a BS in Anthropology and History from Carnegie Mellon University. She was awarded a Fulbright scholarship in 2005. When not thinking about the future, Alisha is an avid gamer and science fiction enthusiast. She is also president of the board of BitchMedia, a feminist media organization.

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