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Cultural & Linguistic Competency


National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month

July is National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month and the month offers organizations of all types and sizes a wonderful opportunity to create mental health awareness in diverse communities. The US House of Representatives proclaimed July as this special month in 2008, aiming to improve access to mental health treatment and services through increased public awareness. Since then, many organizations have hosted a variety of events and activities in communities across the country each year. 


Cultural and Linguistic Competency Virtual Symposium

The Philadelphia System of Care invites you to a four-day Cultural and Linguistic Competency Virtual Symposium. 

Join us for multiple days of networking, lively discussion, sharing, and learning best practices for creating a culture of inclusion in our city as we recognize Minority Mental Health Awareness Month!

In order to ensure that all Philadelphians have access to culturally and linguistically competent systems that care, we all need to work together. Cultural and linguistic competence is a continuously evolving process that is critical in establishing and maintaining an integrated system of care equipped to assess the effectiveness of behavioral health service delivery to Philadelphia’s diverse residents.
The Philadelphia System of Care Cultural and Linguistic Competence Committee developed the symposium to share our insights, challenges, and successes for enhancing CLC programming for youth and families.
The Symposium will feature youth, family, and system partners as experts in the field sharing their CLC journey. 

The Symposium will take place across four virtual sessions:

Wednesday, July 14, 2:30 p.m.
Speaker: Shanina Dionna
Title: Expressive Arts Healing Session 
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Wednesday, July 21, 2:30 p.m.
Speakers: Sarah-Ashley Andrews
Title: Dare to Hope: Minority Youth Mental Wellness
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Tuesday, July 27, 2:30 p.m.
Speaker: Lynette Medley
Title: No More Secrets: Understanding Youth Wellbeing and Period Poverty in Philadelphia
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Wednesday, July 28, 2:30 p.m.
Speakers: Tami D. Benton, MD 
Title: Impacts of COVID-19 on Minority Children’s Mental Health
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Attendees will learn practical tools for becoming more culturally competent in their work, which will improve their confidence and effectiveness for enhancing cultural and linguistic competency across Philadelphia.

We look forward to having you join us at this important event in celebration of National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month.