November 30, 2011
Source: REACH Healthcare Foundation
Health Care Foundation of Greater Kansas City
In 2008, the REACH Healthcare 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 Care Foundation of Greater Kansas City 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.