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Cultural Competence

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The Health Care Collaborative (HCC) of Rural Missouri and its Live Well Community Health Centers in Buckner, Carrollton, Concordia and Waverly continue to put processes and practices in place that support cultural diversity and competency. We define cultural competency as the capacity for our organization to respond to the unique needs of populations whose cultures are different from that which might be referred to as "dominant" or "mainstream."

Our ongoing efforts include a long-term developmental process that moves beyond cultural awareness and sensitivity. Although this knowledge is important and crucial to our overall mission, we also believe in ongoing engagement that expands critical thinking about the intricacies of every culture we serve -- this includes everything from historical oppression to using culturally appropriate language and images.

Additionally, as an organization, we commit to cultural inclusion, respect and equality -- with an emphasis on making health information and resources equally accessible to everyone we serve.

The HCC adheres to Health and Human Services' (HHS) National Standards for Culturally and Linguistically Appropriate Services in Health and Health Care (the National CLAS Standard).

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