Embracing the Cultural Competency Journey as a Grant Professional

This workshop will introduce Grant Professionals (GP) to the nomenclature around cultural competency, discuss the importance of developing cultural competency plans and to embrace the journey. GPs will learn how to develop a business case for cultural competency that can help build a foundation toward improved care, improved employee relations and reduce unnecessary risks. GPs will learn how to use and incorporate data throughout a grant application to document the need for service and demonstrate responsive programming and results for participants in care. CLAS Standards will be defined and discussed with an opportunity to learn how to demonstrate adherence to the standards in a grant application. The GPs will learn how to demonstrate to a funder that the organization has policies or structures in place to effectively work cross-culturally.

This workshop directly aligns with two GPC Competencies, #3 and #7. Increasing knowledge of strategies for effective program and project design and development by teaching GPs about the importance of defining cultural competency in their organization and how to collect and use data throughout the program design and grant application process to demonstrate best practices that meet the needs of culturally diverse populations, address health disparities and impact internal employee working relations. Increasing knowledge of practices and services that raise the level of professionalism of grant developers by demonstrating with practical examples how communities and organizations have addressed health disparities in their areas of service, how they have implemented culturally competent practices and how to effectively write about these experiences whether good or bad in a grant application. Finally, GPs will have the opportunity to converse directly with two funders whose expertise include experience of the local and national trends on addressing health disparities in care and improve cultural competency in organizations. 

GPC Competencies Addressed:
Strategies for effective program and project design and development
Practices and services that raise the level of professionalism of grant developers

Theresa Cummings, MPA, GPC career spans over 30 years of expertise as a Social Scientist including experience in criminal justice, non-profit management, government relations, social service program and community development, grants management/reviewer and consulting. In her current role as the Director of Program Development for a community funder, she has gained expertise in cultural competency where she provides organizational technical assistance and training. She also loves Trail Running. 

Theresa will be joined by Veronica Halloway, Chief, Center for Minority Health Services, Illinois Department of Health.