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Cultural Competence Exchange Newsletter

November 1999

The Division of Children with Special Health Care Needs (DSCSHN) of the Maternal and Child Health Bureau (MCHB) is pleased to welcome two new Federal partners in supporting the NCCC. One partner is within the MCHB B the Infant and Child Health Branch?s Sudden Infant Death Syndrome and Other Infant Death (SUID) Program will be served by the NCCC. Our second new Federal partner is our sister Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) agency, the Bureau of Primary Health Care (BPHC). In responding to HRSA's goal of 100% access and 0 disparities, cultural and linguistic competency is a cross-cutting strategy that the MCHB and BPHC are using to plan, implement and evaluate our programs' abilities to reach and serve our target populations better, prepare providers to care for a growing culturally diverse population and to recruit and retain culturally diverse staff. We are delighted to see an expansion of the activities of the NCCC to support this collaborative Federal effort.

This new collaboration at the HRSA level brings two new partners in the efforts to infuse cultural competence into the health services of this nation. We wish to thank Sharon Barrett, MSW, Director of the Office of Minority and Women?s Health, BPHC, and Project Officer for the BPHC Project of NCCC, for her vision in expanding cultural competence efforts throughout the country. We look forward to continued collaboration with Paul Rusinko, the MCHB Project Officer for the SUID component of the NCCC.

NCCC will be pursuing a variety of activities in the coming year including the addition of two more demonstration sites for the CSHN component; however, I would like to highlight a few of the efforts on which we will collaborate:

Potential BPHC collaborative activities with MCHB will include:

  • Joint Technical Assistance (T.A.)/assessment/training opportunities in selected states;
  • Joint NCCC and cultural competence orientation between the two Bureaus conducted by the NCCC.

Collaboration has already lead to developing guidelines for incorporating cultural competence into conference planning.

The NCCC achievements over the past year include:

1. Assisted the DSCSHN in crafting a definition for the requirement of cultural competency for all applicants applying for any MCHB discretionary grant programs;

2. Responded to 100 T.A. requests for CSHN; 97 T.A. requests from BPHC programs; and 15 T.A. requests from SUID programs; requests came from 40 states and territories, Canada and Germany;

3. Made presentations at 24 different conferences, including the Association of Maternal and Child Health Programs, the annual conference series for the National Health Service Corps (BPHC) and the SUID Alliance 1999 Annual Conference;

4. Linked with and provided consultation to other professional associations and academic institutions, such as the American Academy of Pediatrics, the National Association of Community Health Centers (BPHC), the Society for Public Health Education;

5. Assisted in Grand Rounds at Johns Hopkins Medical Center and Georgetown Medical Center.

I would like to offer some special messages to a number of people who work with us to make culturally competent services and systems a reality.


John Evans, Texas Dept. Of Health, for receiving a HRSA award for promoting cultural competence

Cultural Competence consortium member, Marilyn Salso known asra (NM), on her promotion to Bureau Chief, Family Health Bureau, NM Dept. Of Health

Thank You

"Muchas Gracias a" Alfonso Lopez Vasques (OR) and the Oregon Health Sciences University; John Evans (TX), and the Texas Department of Health; Kathryn Smith and the Los Angeles County Childrens'Medical Services (CA); Mary Huber, Michelle Cravetz and the New York Department of Health; Dr. Vidya Gupta and Nayibe Manjarres at Metropolitan Hospital Center (NY) and parents, Debbie Garcia (NM), Pat Mejia (CA) , Maggie Nieves and Roger Henriquez (both from NY) for participating in the national and regional conferences for the White House Initiative for Excellence in Education for Hispanic Americans.

Dr. Merle G. McPherson, Carolyn Gleason (Region X Field Offiice) and I wish to thank Family Voices for our awards and ceremony on Capitol Hill.


The NCCC is pleased to announce that this year's two demonstration sites for the MCHB Component will be New Mexico and Texas.

Diana Denboba
NCCC Federal Project Officer
Public Health Analyst
Division of Services for Children and Youth with Special Health Needs
Maternal and Child Health Bureau
Health Resources and Services Administration

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