State of Ohio Cultural Competence Definition
Cultural Competence is a continuous learning process that builds knowledge, awareness, skills and capacity to identify, understand and respect the unique beliefs, values, customs, languages, abilities and traditions of all Ohioans in order to develop policies to promote effective programs and services.
Bureau Chief, Office of Special Populations and Emergency Preparedness
The Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services considers race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, geography, and faith, and/or disability (such as deafness) when assessing populations across the state.
OhioMHAS has two approaches to eliminating behavioral health disparities. The first approach is an internal approach which includes development of appropriate policies and guidelines, to improve access of treatment and community recovery support services. The Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services’ program manager works across departmental offices to develop these resources. In addition, the manager supports OhioMHAS equity work by:
The Department's second approach to eliminating behavioral health disparities includes the sponsorship of activities such as annual conferences, regional trainings, needs assessments, and research. Specific research studies are often conducted through the Office of Quality Planning and Research, however, most statewide programs are done in partnership with the Multiethnic Advocates for Cultural Competence (MACC).
Cultural and Linguistic Competence Milestones 1984 – 2014
To learn more about how OhioMHAS's commitment to cultural competence has grown and transformed throughout the years, view our Cultural and Linguistic Competence Milestones.
MACC promotes culturally and linguistically appropriate services in Ohio through an annual cultural competence conference, cultural competence trainings, research on cultural competency practices, partnering with systems and organizations, and the promotion of cultural competence resources. By conducting a thorough needs assessment, MACC has identified how Ohio's various race, ethnic, and cultural groups perceive and respond to mental illness. This assessment also helped identify community needs. Using this information, MACC develops reports to share with local mental health boards and agencies with the goal of enhancing their ability to deliver culturally and linguistically appropriate services. For more information visit the, MACC Website.
SAMHSA's Office of Behavioral Health Equity (OBHE) coordinates agency efforts to reduce behavioral health disparities for diverse populations. OBHE seeks to impact SAMHSA policy and initiatives by:
The Office of Minority Health (OMH) was created in 1986 and is one of the most significant outcomes of the 1985 Secretary's Task Force Report on Black and Minority Health. The Office is dedicated to improving the health of racial and ethnic minority populations through the development of health policies and programs that will help eliminate health disparities.
Poor health outcomes for African Americans, Hispanic Americans, American Indians and Alaska Natives, Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians, and Pacific Islanders are apparent when comparing their health indicators against those of the rest of the U.S. population. These populations experience higher rates of illness and death from health conditions such as heart disease, stroke, specific cancers, diabetes, HIV/AIDS, asthma, hepatitis B, and overweight and obesity. OMH's primary responsibility is to improve health and healthcare outcomes for racial and ethnic minority communities by developing or advancing policies, programs, and practices that address health, social, economic, environmental and other factors which impact health.
OMH programs address disease prevention, health promotion, risk reduction, healthier lifestyle choices, use of health care services, and barriers to health care. The Office also:
DACC Learning Series SFY17
DACC Learning Series SFY16
Webinar: December 15, 2015
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
National Institute of Mental Health
National Department of Health & Human Services
National Institute of Health
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation