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Information for Families, Youth, and Communities

Cultural and linguistic competence requires shared power, reciprocal transfer of knowledge and skills, and respectful, trusting relationships with consumers, families, and communities.

For values and guiding principles on involving families and engaging communities, see the NCCC's Conceptual Frameworks / Models, Guiding Values and Principles.

Families, youth, and communities have a unique role in:

Addressing stereotyping, bias, discrimination, prejudice, and other ISMs.

Working toward health and mental health equity and social justice.

Youth, families, and communities can help build cultural and linguistical competency by:

  • Advocating for themselves, other families, and communities
  • Building and sustaining consumer demand for culturally and linguistically competent service systems
  • Serving as a source of knowledge and support
  • Learning more about:
    • Culture's impact on health and mental health
    • Racial and ethnic health and mental health disparities
    • Cross-cultural communication
    • Health literacy
    • Language access rights
    • Participatory action research
  • Partnering with providers, policymakers and other families
  • Participating in advisory groups and governing boards
  • Working as program staff and consultants
  • Participating in research as full partners

NCCC Resources for Families

For all NCCC resources, see Resources & Tools

Other Resources

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