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What is Cultural Competence?

Cultural competence can been defined as having the capacity to function effectively as an individual and an organization within the context of cultural beliefs, behaviours and needs presented by patients, families and their communities. This includes the ability to provide appropriate cultural responsive resources including linguistic needs to help reduce disparities. 

In an effort to ensure the Diversity and Inclusion strategy is implemented effectively, and has an impact throughout the health centre, innovative and exciting tools and projects have been developed. Committees of both IWK staff and of representatives from the community help guide the work of Diversity and Inclusion at the IWK.