Cultural Competence affects all aspects of coalition building, and include it as one of the 15 core competencies for achieving community change. These research-based core competencies align closely with the SPF. Although cultural competence affects all elements of the SPF, coalitions should emphasize it when developing capacity. Individuals and organizations can increase their cultural competence because the skills and knowledge required can be learned and implemented in a fairly reasonable time frame. We encourage your coalition to think comprehensively, even if it cannot act comprehensively at the moment. Maintain a strong focus on your community and its needs, avoiding “borrowing” another groups cultural competence plan and using it as your own.

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