The Kansas Action Coalition, with generous support from the REACH Healthcare Foundation, has spent the last year creating the Kansas Center for Cultural Competency Advancement. The center is a virtual hub for nurses and other health professionals invested in promoting diversity, inclusion, and cultural competency to positively impact health equity.
Communities across Kansas are becoming increasingly diverse, creating a rich tapestry of different cultures living, working, playing, and learning together. Nurses working in these communities need to acquire and maintain the knowledge and skills that foster quality, respectful, and inclusive care to all individuals, families, and populations living Kansas.
One of the overarching goals of Healthy People 2020 is to “achieve health equity, eliminate disparities, and improve the health of all groups” (U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, 2014). Many populations experience significant health disparities, particularly racial and ethnic groups. Culturally competent care is an important factor in reducing these health disparities (American Academy of Nursing, 2015; Douglas et al., 2014) and addressing population diversity to ensure optimal health outcomes.
The Center will provide ongoing up-to-date information and resources about cultural competency that can be used by nurses, healthcare organizations, academic programs, and nursing students. The recent Guidelines for Culturally Competent Nursing Care provide the framework for our Center’s mission, vision, and goals. A link to the recent article in the Journal for Transcultural Nursing is available here if you want to read more about the guidelines.
In addition to providing resources for the Kansas nursing workforce, we want to create a community of nurses who are advocates for cultural competency, diversity, inclusion, and social justice. We have a discussion forum where nurses can initiate and participate in discussions about these important but often complex topics. We hope you will join us on our journey! It is easy to register and you can create a username that protects your confidentiality.