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Cultural Diversity Training

The North Carolina Office of Minority Health and Health Disparities has four cultural diversity trainings. These are the Cultural Diversity Foundation Training Initiative, The Nosotros: Latino Culture Training, The African-American Culture Training and the Interpreter Training.

The ultimate goal of the Cultural Diversity Training Initiative is to increase participants’ awareness, knowledge and skill-building needed to begin setting a foundation for building a more culturally and linguistically competent public health and human service delivery system.

Cultural Diversity Foundation Training aims to provide participants with an increased awareness and knowledge base regarding cultural diversity and its implications for culturally competent service delivery for ethnic/racial minorities.  The objectives of the training are: 

  • To increase awareness of one’s own culture, increase awareness of what is needed to adequately serve minorities,
  • To explore  the origin of  various cultures within our state, and
  • To develop a plan for skills building to assist minorities as it relates to individual and institutional changes.

Nosotros - Latino Training services to provide a comprehensive view of the Hispanic/Latino community in order to assist public health and human service agencies in providing effective and efficient services to the Hispanic/Latino clients.  The objectives of the training are:

  • To continue and expand the process of cultural awareness,
  • To promote knowledge and understanding about the Hispanic/Latino culture,
  • To provide information on the culture of the Mexican population (the largest Hispanic/Latino group in North Carolina)
  • To provide information about health and human services and other resources that are helpful to serve the Hispanic/Latino population, and
  • To begin the process of culturally competent actions planning by developing short-term goals to effectively serve the Spanish speaking population.

African-American Cultural Diversity Training to engage participants in a discussion on matters that relate to African-Americans’ culture and the impact that systemic structural barriers (i.e.. policies, procedures, practices, etc.) have on the health status of  service deliverables to this population.  The objectives of the training are:

  • To provide a demographic and health status profile of African-Americans in North Carolina,
  • To identify key historical events that influence African-American’s health status (policies, practices, procedures),
  • To examine African-American culture, cultural differences, and their relationship to health and human service deliverables,
  • To identify roles and responsibilities of key stakeholders in eliminating health disparities, and
  • To review scenarios as a way of promoting practical discussion of health disparity issues.

The English-Spanish Interpreting Training consists of three levels.

  • Level I focuses on interpreting techniques, general principles, interpreting guidelines and the code of ethics for interpreters.
  • Level II focuses on ethical issues while working as an Interpreter.
  • Level III focuses on anatomy and physiology.

All of the above trainings are offered through the nine local Area Health Education Centers (AHECs) across the state.

Alice Schenall
PO Drawer 7368
Rocky Mount, NC 27804-0368

Charlotte AHEC
Isis Hanna
PO Box 32861
Charlotte, NC 28232-2861

Eastern AHEC
Tashara James
PO Box 7224
Greenville, NC 27835-7224

Greensboro AHEC
Libby Haile
1200 N. Elm St.
Greensboro, NC 27401-1020

Mountain AHEC
Terry Cordell
501 Biltmore Ave.
Asheville, NC 28801-4686

Northwest AHEC
Lisa Peavler
Reynolda Business Center
2400 Reynolda Rd, Suite 201
Winston-Salem, NC 27106

South East AHEC
2511 Delaney Ave
Wilmington, NC 28403

Southern Regional AHEC
Amy Vega
1601 Owen Dr.
Fayetteville, NC 27106
(910)678-7241 (Assistant-Melba)


Danette Charles