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About the Multicultural Program
The Multicultural Issues in Evaluation Program is one of the Evaluation Center's most multifaceted programs. This program is designed to provide technical assistance by responding to consultations, tracking conferences, and producing materials to assist with multicultural issues in evaluation.

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

Annotated Bibliography on Cultural Psychiatry and Related Topics-2/2005
Author: Francis G. Lu, M.D.
The annotated bibliography contains brief guides to journals, videotapes and relevant websites concerning topics in multicultural mental health issues. Areas such as cultural competency assessment and promotion, as well as training materials for culturally and linguistically appropriate services are also included.
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Report of the Roundtable on Multicultural Issues in Mental Health Services Evaluation-3/1998
Author: Prepared by Evaluation Group for the Analysis of Data (EGAD) with collaboration from the Evaluation Center@HSRI.
A Roundtable discussion (working conference) of multicultural issues in Mental Health services evaluation was held in Tucson, AZ, on November 1-2, 1996. The goals of the Roundtable were to begin discussion among persons with multicultural expertise regarding the content, methodology, and design of mental health evaluations that would be sensitive to multicultural issues and to identify technical assistance options that could be implemented using the available resources of the Evaluation Center@HSRI. This report summarizes the proceedings of the presentations and discussions. Subsequent sections outline the central themes that emerged during the Roundtable. The report concludes with the consensus recommendations of participants.
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Culture, Race and Ethnicity in Performance Measurement: A Compendium of Resources, Version 1-9/1999
Author: Dawna Phillips, M.P.H., H. Stephen Leff, Ph.D., Eva Kaniasty, Michael Carter, Marcel Paret, Theresa Conley and Manisha Sharma.
This compendium is a compilation of resources and readings for those interested in the area of providing or evaluating culturally competent mental health care. It is designed to be a dynamic resource. This compendium provides resources for several elements of a culturally competent mental health system as the Center has conceptualized it. Following are the topical areas covered: cultural competence standards; community needs assessment; measures of identity; culturally competent diagnosis, assessment and outcomes measures; and measures of adherence to cultural competence standards.
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Notes from a Roundtable on Conceptualizing and Measuring Cultural Competence-12/1999
Author: Western Interstate Commission on Higher Education (WICHE) Mental Health Program.
This report includes presentations and a summary of discussion from a two-day roundtable held in Denver, Colorado, on December 16-17, 1998. The event was sponsored by the Evaluation Center @HSRI (TEC), the Multicultural Mental Health Research Center (MMHRC), and the Western Interstate Commission on Higher Education (WICHE). The participants discussed and made recommendations for practical approaches to conceptualizing and measuring ethnocultural identity and cultural competence in the delivery of mental health services. Individual papers addressing measures of ethnocultural identity and cultural competence for use in evaluation of mental health systems presented are included as appendices.
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Ecocultural Research: A Mental Health Researcher’s Guide to the Study of Race, Ethnicity and Culture-3/2000
Author: Michelle Walsh, Rachel Smith, Alicia Morales, and Lee Sechrest.
This guide presents an ecocultural approach to cultural issues, taking into account the broad array of ecological and cultural variables that are likely needed to provide a causal explanation for difference in the provision of behavioral health services. It promotes a means of conceptualizing, measuring, and interpreting ecocultural variables in a way that will advance the provision of more effective behavioral health services, and fosters the growth of research skills that can be used to further pursue an understanding of culturally relevant variables in applied mental health service settings.
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Science of Refugee Mental Health: New Concepts and Methods-2100
Author: Edited by: WooTaek Jeon, M.D., Ph.D., Masaya Yoshioka, M.D., and Richard F. Mollica, M.D., M.A.R.
This monograph presents scientific overviews of the major methods in the field of refugee mental health. The monograph also presents summaries of presentations from a 1992 conference sponsored by the Refugee Mental Health Program at the National Institute of Mental Health, the Harvard Program in Refugee Trauma at the Harvard School of Public Health, and the Indochinese Psychiatric Clinic at St. Elizabeth’s Hospital of Boston. This material will be helpful to mental health researchers and providers throughout the world working with survivors of mass violence and trauma.
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Research Shows Ethnicity A Factor in Medication Response-10/1998 Volume: 1 Issue: 3
Author: Susan Milstrey Wells
This issue discusses the growing body of research that has begun to demonstrate how racial and ethnic groups respond differently to psychiatric medication.
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Providing & Evaluating Culturally Competent Care is a Growing Concern-2/2000 Volume: 1 Issue: 7
Author: The Evaluation Center @ HSRI
This issue discusses the conceptualization and delivery of culturally competent mental health services. It highlights two aspects of culturally competent care, measuring consumer identity and using culturally appropriate diagnosis, assessment and treatment.
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Training in Cultural Competence: The Need for a Mental Health Cultural Assimilator-4/2003 Volume: 2 Issue: 3
Author: Sung-man Shin, M.S.
The increasing numbers and percentages of minority populations in the United States, along with the accumulating evidence of service disparities in access, continuity, and quality for people of minority cultures (Brach, & Fraser, 2002; Snowden, 2003; Sue, Fujino, Hu, Takeuchi, & Zane, 1991), create a profound sense of urgency among the public health service providers to resolve the treatment discrepancies between different cultural groups.
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Toolkit on Tranlating and Adapting Instruments-4/2005
Author: Ligia M. Chávez, Ph.D., Glorisa Canino, Ph.D.
The purpose of this toolkit is to provide a step by step guide on the translation and adaptation of an instrument, using the latest standards for methodological approaches in cross-cultural research, in order to achieve cultural equivalency. Researchers and evaluators will be made aware of the conceptual and methodological challenges involved in translating and adapting instruments, and will be provided with guidelines and suggestions throughout the process.
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Multicultural Related Links

African American

Program for Research on Black Americans (PRBA)

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

National Library of Medicine, American Indian Health Search

An information portal to issues affecting the health and well-being of American Indians.

National Center for American Indian and Alaska Native Mental Health Research (NCAIANMHR), University of Colorado Health Sciences Center

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.

Indian Health Service (IHS)

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.

National Indian Child Welfare Association (NICWA)

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)

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.

National Research Center on Asian American Mental Health (NRCAAMH)

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.

National Asian American and Pacific Islander Mental Health Association (NAAPIMHA)

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.

Asian & Pacific Islander American Health Forum (APIAHF)

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

National Center for Cultural Competence (NCCC)

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.

Center for the Study of Issues in Public Mental Health, Multicultural Research Issues

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.

The Gallaudet Research Institute (GRI)

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.

Meeting the Mental Health Needs of Persons Who Are Deaf

A report from the Cultural Diversity Series of the National Technical Assistance Center for State Mental Health Planning (NTAC)

Substance and Alcohol Intervention Services for the Deaf (SAISD), Rochester Institute of Technology

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.

National Association of the Deaf (NAD)

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.

Illinois Department of Human Services, Division of Mental Health, Office of the Statewide Coordinator of Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services

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.


American Psychological Association (APA), Society for the Psychological Study of Lesbian, Gay and Bisexual Issues

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.

Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender (GLBT) Health Access Project

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

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.

Diversity RX

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

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 Office of Minority Health Resource Center (OMHRC)

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 (CRECH)

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.

American Psychological Association (APA), Society for the Psychology Study of Ethnic Minority Issues

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.


National Latino Behavioral Health Association (NLBHA)

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

The National Alliance for Hispanic Health is the Nation’s oldest and largest network of Hispanic health and human services providers.


National Association for Rural Mental Health (NARMH)

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.

National Rural Health Association (NRHA)

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.

Office of Rural Mental Health Research (ORMHR), National Institute of Mental Health

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.

Frontier Mental Health Services Resource Network, Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education (WICHE)

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).

Rural Information Center (RIC)

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

US Department of Health and Human Services/Office on Women's 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.

National Institute of Mental Health/Women’s Mental Health Consortium

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.

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