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In Their Own Voices: Cultural Competence and Health Promotion

Hear from families and professionals about key issues in creating and delivering culturally competent health promotion initiatives. The following excerpts were taped when producing the video Infusing Cultural and Linguistic Competence in Health Promotion Training.

You may also download a PDF transcript of "In Their Own Voices."

What do we mean by Health Promotion?

The National Center for Cultural Competence supports the World Health Organization's definition of health promotion:

"Health promotion represents a comprehensive social and political process. It not only embraces actions directed at strengthening the skills and capabilities of individuals, but action directed towards changing social, environmental, and economic conditions so as to alleviate their impact on public and individual health. Health promotion is the process of enabling people to increase control over the detriments of health and thereby improve their health."

(World Health Organization, 1998 from the Health Promotion Glossary, page 11, published in Geneva).

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Meet the Speakers

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picture of Theda McPheron Keel

Theda McPheron Keel, President, Wind Hollow Foundation

picture of Luo Huan

Luo Huan,
International Graduate Student

picture of Michelle Spady

Michelle Spady,
Director, Staytech Kids,
parent who lost an infant to SUID

picture of Rosalind and Joana

Joana Iglesias and Rosalind Oden,
Health Educators, Children's Hospital National Medical Center

 

Principles of Culturally and Linguistically Competent Health Promotion

Read A Guide to Choosing and Adapting Culturally and Linguistically Competent Health Promotion Materials (PDF; Bronheim and Sockalingam, 2003)

  • Principle 1: Culturally and linguistically competent health promotion approaches respect cultural values, beliefs and practices of the intended audience.

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Luo Huan listen icon
Michelle Spady listen icon
  • Principle 2: Culturally and linguistically competent health promotion is always undertaken within a social, environmental and political context.

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Joana Iglesias listen icon

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Theda McPheron Keel listen icon
  • Principle 3: Culturally and linguistically competent health promotion recognizes the family and community as primary systems of support and intervention.

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Theda McPheron Keel listen icon

Michelle Spady listen icon
Luo Huan listen icon
  • Principle 4: Culturally and linguistically competent health promotion assures that its efforts exist in concert with natural and informal health care support systems.

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  • Principle 5: Culturally and linguistically competent health promotion assures meaningfuly involvement of community members and key stakeholders.

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Theda McPheron Keel,
Example 1 listen icon

Theda McPheron Keel,
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Joana Iglesias
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