Key Resources

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AUCD’s Diversity & Inclusion Toolkit provides a starting point for UCEDDs, OIDD, and AUCD to enhance the collective work around cultural and linguistic competence to support greater diversity and inclusion in all activities. In the coming year, work will continue on this topic within the AUCD network. Below is a collection of state and national activities or efforts that align with the overall priority, next steps, and long-term sustainability of this effort.

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ACL Diversity InitiativeACL Diversity Initiative
Strengthening Cultural Competency in the Administration for Community Living and across its programs.

ACL Public Access Plan
The ACL Public Access Plan is intended to: "1. Establish a mechanism for compliance with the White House Office of Science Technology and Policy ( public access policy; 2. Make published results of ACL/NIDILRR (National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research)-funded research more readily accessible to the public; 3. Make scientific data collected through ACL/NIDILRR-funded research more readily accessible to the public; and 4. Increase the use of research results and scientific data to further advance scientific endeavors and other tangible applications."

AUCD 2020-2021 Strategic Map
This map outlines key priority areas to guide our network and national office over the next several years, and serves as a guide for our collective work and mission. It is our hope that this map will empower and equip the AUCD staff and network membership to increase the power of AUCD by strengthening our network, engaging the public, and expanding our impact to the broader disability community and other key stakeholders. One of the five key priority areas is to "Model Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion."

Civil Rights for Providers of Health Care and Human Services
Learn which entities must comply with the nondiscrimination laws, and how to help those entities implement and maintain compliance.

Diversity and Health Equity in the Maternal and Child Health Workforce: A Resource Guide to Key Strategies and Actions for MCH Training Programs
A Resource Guide sharing strategies and activities supporting training efforts to increase diversity and integrate cultural and linguistic competence. Each section includes resources and short vignettes highlighting strategies used by MCH Training Programs. Organized by 3 Themes: 1. Recruitment & Retention; 2. Raising Awareness of Disparities & Inequities; and 3. Integration of Cultural & Linguistic Competence.

Division of MCH Workforce Development 2012-2020 National GoalsDivision of MCH Workforce Development 2012-2020 National Goals and Strategic Plan
Having well-prepared public health and health care professionals available to address the complex needs of our nation's increasingly diverse MCH population requires efforts within and beyond DMCHWD-funded training programs. The DMCHWD Strategic Plan 2012-2020 includes goals, strategies, activities and performance measures to support efforts to assure that all children, youth, and families will live and thrive in healthy communities served by a quality workforce that helps assure their health and well-being. One of the goals specifically address "Diversity and Health Equity."

Executive Order 13166: Improving Access to Services for Persons with Limited English Proficiency
On August 11, 2000, the President signed Executive Order 13166, "Improving Access to Services for Persons with Limited English Proficiency." The Executive Order requires Federal agencies to examine the services they provide, identify any need for services to those with limited English proficiency (LEP), and develop and implement a system to provide those services so LEP persons can have meaningful access to them.

Laws and Regulations enforced by US. Dept. of Health & Human Services Office of Civil Rights
The Office for Civil Rights enforces nondiscrimination regulations that apply to programs, services, and activities receiving HHS federal financial assistance. They also enforce nondiscrimination provisions of other laws as they apply to programs and activities receiving HHS federal financial assistance.

National Center for Cultural Competence (NCCC)
The mission of the NCCC is to increase the capacity of health care and mental health care programs to design, implement, and evaluate culturally and linguistically competent service delivery systems to address growing diversity, persistent disparities, and to promote health and mental health equity.

The National Standards for Culturally and Linguistically Appropriate Services in Health and Health Care (National CLAS Standards)
The National Standards for Culturally and Linguistically Appropriate Services in Health and Health Care (the National CLAS Standards) are intended to advance health equity, improve quality, and help eliminate health care disparities by providing a blueprint for individuals and health and health care organizations to implement culturally and linguistically appropriate services.

National Training Initiative – UCEDD Diversity Fellowships
OIDD has awarded NTI funding to 14 UCEDDs to develop diversity fellowship programs to support recruitment and retention of diverse trainees, and build cultural and linguistic competence within the Centers. OIDD has asked AUCD to support a learning community of these grantees.Project Synopses

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The Leadership Institute for Cultural Diversity and Cultural and Linguistic Competence
The Leadership Institute is a collaborative, multifaceted initiative with a goal to increase the number and capacity of leaders to advance and sustain cultural and linguistic competence (CLC) and respond to the growing cultural diversity among people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) in the United States, its territories, and tribal communities. The Institute is funded over a five-year period (2015-2019) through a Cooperative Agreement from the Office of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (OIDD), Administration for Community Living, U.S Department of Health and Human Services.

Collaborative Resources and Next Steps

Collaboration of Federal Agencies
OIDD will continue its efforts on its diversity initiative and will also coordinate with MCHB to the extent possible.

Action Team
An Action Team was developed in 2016 with participants from UCEDDs, AUCD, and OIDD, to engage in discussion and build consensus around prioritizing objectives identified in 2014 to define an action plan for OIDD, AUCD and the UCEDDs to move forward and make progress in unison. Through its TA contract, AUCD will continue to support this effort.

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