Ethics of Cultural Competency in Behavioral Health

​​Racial and ethnic disparities have been proven to affect health care delivery and outcomes in the United States. National data shows that culturally and linguistically diverse groups and people with limited English proficiency experience less adequate access to care, lower quality of care, and poorer health status and outcomes according to recent studies conducted by the Institute of Medicine  and the Commonwealth Fund.

Cultural and linguistic competence has been a pillar of Cardinal Innovations Healthcare's governing principles for many years.  A strong cultural competence philosophy encourages Cardinal Innovations employees to be culturally aware and respond in culturally appropriate ways when working with members.  Likewise, we hold our network providers to the same high standard of cultural competence and awareness. When we have a greater understanding of the socio-cultural background of members, families and the environments in which they live, we know that better health outcomes will naturally follow.

As a part of promoting cross-cultural skill development, Cardinal Innovations has developed a series of cultural competence training sessions that will be offered to Cardinal Innovations network providers, employees and board members in multiple locations over the next several months. 

​​Check this site frequently for training dates.

Registration is required. Each session is limited to a total of 25 participants. A maximum of two attendees per training are permitted from a single provider organization. NBCC Continuing Education Credits (5.5 per training) have been approved.

Stay tuned for more on upcoming Cardinal Innovations Healthcare cultural competence initiatives including, Quality Management Cultural Competence Monitoring Tool; Cultural Competence Provider Councils; Cardinal Innovations Provider Cultural Competence Plan and Clinical Initiatives.  For information on any cultural competence initiative, please contact Revella Nesbit at