About Us

Mission: Through leadership development, the Cultural Competency Collective fosters an inclusive learning community that leads to equity in services. 

Vision: Our vision is that everyone in the Kansas City region respects and values the diversity of all people.

Cultural Competency Collective Organizational Chart

Learning Community
The Collective’s core service is monthly Learning Community Meetings that attract diverse groups to discuss a variety of social topics such as health disparities, implicit and explicit bias, transracial foster care and adoption, poverty simulations, and much more. 

Technical Assistance 
A major component of the Collective is access to individualized cultural competency Technical Assistance to help organizations assess cultural competence in their agencies and develop work plans for improvement. To participate, agencies apply for Technical Assistance, which is geared toward all levels of staff. They are asked to examine individual attitudes and assumptions and then develop shared definitions and goals. This method impacts thinking and actions among individuals and organizations, setting the stage for continued learning.

The Technical Assistance process includes analysis of agency polices and procedures, providing recommendations for ways that all stakeholders in the agency can serve as catalysts for ongoing change in agency quality and infrastructure. Technical Assistance supports a combination of interactive learning, training by national experts, and faciliated problem-solving to promote individual learning and agency change.

Organizations are selected through a competitive RFP process and receive up to 12 months of Technical Assistance as well as Learning Community membership.  As of 2018, nearly 35 organizations have participated.

Resource Development Institute completed an evaluation of the initiative over its first two years that focused on intermediate outcomes which demonstrate:

  • Changes in organizational policies and procedures;

  • Changes in leadership support, planning and service design;

  • Changes in the attitudes, motivations and skills of agency personnel related to cultural competency; and

  • Tangible changes in how direct services are delivered.

To learn more, read the executive summary and the full report.

The REACH Foundation introduced a Cultural Competency Initiative in 2008, now the Cultural Competency Collective of Greater Kansas City, with an aim of increasing understanding and practice of cultural competency in health and human service organizations — and with a long-term goal of reducing barriers that contribute to health disparities.

The Health Care Foundation of Greater Kansas City joined REACH in support of the initiative in fall 2010, expanding the number of area agencies involved. Since that time, Jackson County Mental Health Fund and Shumaker Family Foundation have joined this effort. Additionally, the framework of the Collective was developed based on the Collective Impact therory.

Here are a couple of resouces about Collective Impact:
Understanding the Value of Backbone Organizations in Collective Impact
Collective Impact Forum (Readiness Assessment)

For more information, contact Jack Smithey, Communications and Collective Impact Manager, jacks@supportkc.org.

Support Kansas City acts as fiscal sponsor and provides logistical and facilitative support for the Collective.

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