About the Multicultural Program
The Multicultural Issues in Evaluation Program is dedicated to the development, assessment, application, and dissemination of information that pertains to multicultural issues in evaluation. We accomplish these goals by publicizing relevant conferences or presentations and responding to consultation requests that ask for technical assistance in relation to multicultural issues. Additionally, we publish materials on various multicultural issues in evaluation.
The Evaluation Center@HSRI conceptualizes diversity and
multiculturalism as encompassing populations and topics that are often
underrepresented in evaluation and program development. These topical areas
include but are not limited to ethnic minorities, women, rural mental health,
gay and lesbian issues, refugee mental health services, older adult research,
services for persons who are deaf and hard of hearing, and the understanding
and implementation of culturally competent practices.
Multicultural Related Products
Upcoming Multicultural Related Conferences
Multicultural Related Links
PRBA seeks to collect, analyze, and interpret empirical data on African Americans as well as international data on people of African descent.
American Indian/Alaskan Native
An information portal to issues affecting the health and well-being of American Indians.
The NCAIANMHR is one of four minority mental health research Centers sponsored by the National Institute of Mental Health and is the only program of this type in the country focusing specifically on American Indian and Alaska Native populations.
The mission of the Indian Health Service is to raise the physical, mental, social, and spiritual health of American Indians and Alaska Natives to the highest level. Their goal is to assure that comprehensive, culturally acceptable personal and public health services are available and accessible to American Indian and Alaska Native people.
NICWA is dedicated to the well-being of American Indian children and families. The partnership with the Center for Mental Health Services and an interagency agreement with the Indian Health Service (IHS) allows NICWA to provide technical assistance to seven tribal service grantees and nine "Circles of Care" planning grantees.
Asian American and Pacific Islander
National Asian Pacific American Families Against Substance Abuse (NAPAFASA) is a private, non-profit, 501(c)(3) membership organization dedicated to addressing the alcohol, tobacco, and other drug issues of Asian and Pacific Islander (API) populations on the continental U.S., Hawaii, the six Pacific Island jurisdictions and elsewhere.
NRCAAMH aims to contribute theoretical and applied research that will have a valuable impact on mental health policy and service delivery to Asian Pacific Americans.
NAAPIHMA's mandate, then, is to advocate on behalf of AAPI mental health issues, to serve as a forum for effective collaboration and to network among stake holders of community based organizations, consumers, family members, service providers, program developers, researchers, evaluators and policy makers. Moreover, NAAPIMHA will endeavor to work with direct service providers, such as nonprofit community-based organizations, to augment this effort.
The Health Forum is a national advocacy organization dedicated to promoting policy, program, and research efforts to improve the health and well-being of Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) communities.
Cultural Competency Information
Major emphasis is placed on policy development, assistance in conducting cultural competence organizational self-assessments, and strategic approaches to the systematic incorporation of culturally competent values, policy, structures and practices within organizations.
The Center is dedicated to improving the outcomes of public mental health services through the effective integration of research, policy and practice.
Deaf Or Hard of Hearing
Resources for Improving Health Care to Deaf and Hard of Hearing People: A Project of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), Gallaudet University and Delmarva Foundation for Medical Care
This project website provides resources for the community, professionals and students. The Standards of Care for the Delivery of Mental Health Services to Deaf and Hard of Hearing Persons may be of particular interest.
GRI researchers gather and analyze data concerning the demographic and academic characteristics of deaf and hard of hearing populations, primarily to provide information needed by educators in the field.
A report from the Cultural Diversity Series of the National Technical Assistance Center for State Mental Health Planning (NTAC)
SAISD provides substance abuse recovery resources for consumers, their families and friends, and providers. SAISD offers a National Directory of Alcohol and Other Drugs Prevention and Treatment Programs Accessible to the Deaf.
NAD is a membership organization with a mission "to promote, protect, and preserve the rights and quality of life of deaf and hard of hearing individuals in the United States of America." NAD has a position statement on Mental Health Services For People who are Deaf and Hard of Hearing.
The website for the Illinois Office of the Statewide Coordinator of Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services has many useful resources, including standards of care and frequently asked questions sections for consumers, providers and interpreters. The presentation "Use of Interpreters in Therapeutic Settings" may be of specific interest.
The Society for the Psychological Study of Lesbian, Gay, and Bisexual issues was founded in 1985 as a Division of the American Psychological Association to represent sexual orientation issues within and beyond the Association.
The mission of this organization is to strengthen the Massachusetts Department of Public Health's ability to foster the development of comprehensive, culturally appropriate health promotion policies and health care services for GLBT people through a variety of venues including community awareness, policy development, advocacy, direct service and prevention strategies.
The Minority HIV/AIDS Initiative provides funds to community-based organizations, faith communities, research institutions, minority-serving colleges and universities, health care organizations, state and local health departments, and correctional institutions to help them address the HIV/AIDS epidemic within the minority populations they serve.
Promoting language and cultural competence to improve the quality of health care for minority, immigrant, and ethnically diverse communities.
The Center for Cross-Cultural Research was started in response to the EuroAmerican bias in psychological theory, research, and practical applications. We believed then, as now, that for the discipline of Psychology to become a universally valid science it must expand its horizons beyond the narrow cultural basis that continues to characterize much of Psychology in the Western world.
The mission of OMH is to improve the health of racial and ethnic populations through the development of effective health policies and programs that help to eliminate disparities in health.
The Center for Research on Ethnicity, Culture and Health provides a forum for basic and applied public health research on relationships among ethnicity, culture, socioeconomic status and health.
The Society for the Psychology Study of Ethnic Minority Issues, a Division of the American Psychological Association, (APA), is the major representative body for psychologists who conduct research on ethnic minority concerns or who apply psychological knowledge and techniques to ethnic minority issues.
The EthnoMed site contains information about cultural beliefs, medical issues and other related issues pertinent to the health care of recent immigrants.
The mission of the National Latino Behavioral Health Association (NLBHA) is to provide national leadership for the advancement of Latino behavioral health services.
The National Alliance for Hispanic Health is the Nation’s oldest and largest network of Hispanic health and human services providers.
The National Association for Rural Mental Health (NARMH) was founded in order to develop and enhance rural mental health and substance abuse services and to support mental health providers in rural areas.
The National Rural Health Association is a national membership organization whose mission is to improve the health and healthcare of rural Americans and to provide leadership on rural issues through advocacy, communications, education and research.
The ORMHR directs, plans, coordinates, and supports research activities and information dissemination on conditions unique to those living in rural areas, including research on the delivery of mental health services in such areas; and coordinates related Departmental research activities and related activities of public and nonprofit entities.
The basic mission of the Frontier Mental Health Services Resource Network is the collection, analysis, and synthesis of knowledge regarding needs for and delivery of mental health services in "frontier" rural U.S. counties (nonmetropolitan counties with population densities of less than seven persons per square mile).
The Rural Information Center (RIC) provides information and referral services to local, state, and federal government officials; community organizations; rural electric and telephone cooperatives; libraries; businesses; and, rural citizens working to maintain the vitality of America's rural areas.
Women's Behavioral Health
The Office on Women's Health (OWH) in the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is the government's champion and focal point for women's health issues, and works to redress inequities in research, health care services, and education that have historically placed the health of women at risk.
The Women's Mental Health Consortium at the National Institute of Mental Health provides regularly updated information on how the occurrence, treatment, and outcomes of mental illnesses differ between men and women, how the Consortium promotes research that takes these differences into account, and how it seeks to encourage public policy that reflects the results of this research, to the benefit of both women and men.