The Program for Multicultural Health builds knowledge and skills in individuals, organizations and communities so that everyone, regardless of income, race/ethnicity, language, gender, education, etc., has the opportunity to achieve optimal health and well-being.
We do this by using evidence-based practices to engage the community and by developing resources that improve knowledge and provide access to care.
Why Understanding Culture and Health Matters
Culture is an integrated pattern of human behavior that includes thoughts, languages, communications, practices, beliefs, and values common to a group of people and is always changing. PMCH develops and advocates for culturally responsive programs and services that are respectful and receptive to the needs of diverse populations. Given the vast and alarming health inequities, it is essential to build awareness of the impact culture and health have on overall well-being.
What Guides Our Work
Good health begins in the places where we are born, live, work, play, and learn. Health equity means that everyone has a fair and just opportunity to be healthier. Unfortunately, many communities face persistent challenges that limit opportunities to be healthy – no access to healthy foods, parks, healthcare, or transportation. PMCH utilizes multiple frameworks such as community engagement and the social ecological model to address root causes of health inequities.
…the process of working collaboratively with and through groups of people affiliated by geographic proximity, special interest, or similar situations to address issues affecting the wellbeing of those people “it can also be seen as a continuum of community involvement moving from outreach to consulting to collaborative initiatives”
Social Ecological Model
… health is affected by the interaction between the individual, the group/community, and the physical, social, and political environments… this approach focuses on integrating approaches to change the physical and social environments rather than modifying only individual health behaviors.