Using My Cultural Voice: Health Activation from a Cultural Perspectiv


On November 12, 2015, The College for Behavioral Health Leadership, through the work of its Diversity Interest Group, presented a webinar on authentic communication. Moderated by Vivian Jackson, PhD, Adjunct Assistant Professor, Georgetown University Center for Child and Human Development, presenters for the session included:

  • Lenora Reid-Rose, MBA, Director, Cultural Competency and Diversity Issues, Coordinated Care Services, Inc.
  • Carole Siegel, PhD, Former Director, NKI Center of Excellence in Culturally Competent Mental Health; Research Professor, NYU School of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry
  • Sandra Mitchell, Chairperson, Disability Committee, National Action Network

The webinar provided an approach and resources to facilitate authentic communication between service recipients and providers. This new approach and resource is called "Cultural Activation Prompts,” a type of consumer health activation tool that affirms personal cultural views on health and supports the need for these views to be incorporated into all aspects of health care, particularly behavioral health care. Since the achievement of health literacy should take place in the context of culture and community, cultural activation is a necessary part of the process. This presentation:

1) Provided a definition of the new "Cultural Activation Prompts" tool,
2) Described how to facilitate culturally-oriented discussions utilizing these new cultural activation prompts, and
3) Illustrated the intricate role of the peer specialist in this process.   

The slide deck and a recording of this webinar are available from these links.