Joni Tweeten

Date of Award


Document Type

Independent Study

Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)


The United States is quickly becoming more racially and ethnically diverse, and the associated health dispmities are growing at an alarming rate. Culturally competent care and services can help reduce these disparities by enhancing the quality of care for all clients, especially those at risk for dispaiities. A public health workforce that is well-equipped with knowledge of cultural competence and the tools to practice it will be able to better meet the needs of the changing populations with which they work. To effectively improve the cultural competence of interdisciplinary public health teams, evidence-based interdisciplinary training is needed to provide effective and appropriate training for a variety of disciplines and roles such as nursing, nutrition, enviromnental health, and administrative support. To address this need, a comprehensive literature review was completed, followed by an analysis and discussion of the evidence to determine the best practices for development of an interdisciplinary cultural competency training program that can be used by local and state health departments. Based on the best practices that were determined, an interdisciplinary cultural competence training program for public health professionals was developed. This training program will subsequently be delivered to the Grand Forks Public Health Department and possibly to other agencies or at public health conferences