November 30, 2011
Source: REACH Health Forward Foundation
Health Forward Foundation
In 2008, the REACH Health Forward Foundation launched the Cultural Competency Initiative which “aims to increase understanding and practice of cultural competency in health and human service organizations in the Foundation’s six-county service area, with a long-term goal of reducing barriers that contribute to health disparities.” REACH “made an initial three-year commitment to the initiative with the intention that leadership development, training and technical assistance; implemented over three years will seed activities across the community that can sustain these efforts.” The Health Forward Foundation joined the initiative in fall 2010, expanding the number of regional nonprofit organizations involved. The initiative focuses on policies, practices and internal structures that influence cultural competence within organizations.