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Cultural Competence Division Bibliography

Suggested cultural competence reading/reference materials and texts

Updated: August 27, 2003

A Conceptual Framework of Identity Formation in a Society of Multiple Cultures, Applying Theory to Practice, Casey Family Programs, Seattle, WA, 2000.
A Conceptual Framework of Identity Formation in a Society of Multiple Cultures: Applying Theory to Practice address the questions of: What is ethnic identity?, How does it develop with children and youth?, How is ethnic identity a healthy and important aspect of development?, What does it mean for children and youth in foster care?, and what can practitioners and caretakers do to foster it?
Adams, Maurianne, Bell, Lee Anne, and Griffin, Pat, ed., Teaching for Diversity and Social Justice: A Source Book, Rutledge, New York, N.Y., 1997.
The text is designed for use in higher education, adult formal and non-formal education, and workplace diversity and staff development programs. It is divided into three sections: 1. Theoretical Foundations and Frameworks, 2. Curriculum designs, and 3. Examines additional issues and challenges for social justice education.
Back, Les and Solomos, John, ed., Theories of Race and Racism: A Reader, Routledge: New York, N.Y., 2000.
This is a comprehensive reader that brings together foundational works in the study of race and racism by 41 different authors, both contemporary and established. The text is divided into six main sections: 1. Origins and Transformations, 2. Sociology, Race and Social Theory, 3. Racism and Anti-Semitism, 4. Colonialism, Race and the Other, 5. Feminism, Difference and Identity, and 6. Changing Boundaries and Spaces.
Benjamin, Marva, "Cultural Competence in Early Identification", Focal Point, Vol.13, No. 1, (1999) 22-23
"Cultural Competence in Early Identification" discusses the importance of cultural competence in effective early mental health intervention programs for children of color. The article establishes guidelines for incorporating cultural competence in mental health services to provide effective early identification, early intervention and prevention services to culturally diverse children, families and communities.
Velazquez Jr., Jorge, McPhatter, Anna R., and Yang, KaYing (eds.), Child Welfare Journal of Policy, Practice, and Program, Special Issue: Perspectives on Cultural Competence, March/April 2003

Closing the Gap, Office of Minority Health, US Department of Health and Human Services, Feb./March 2001
Closing the Gap is a newsletter published by the Office of Minority Health of the US Department of Health and Human Services. The newsletter covers issues pertaining to minorities in the Health Care system. It covers issues from cultural and linguistic competence within the system, to recruitment and retention of minority health professionals.
The College Board, Reaching the Top: A Report of the National Task Force on Minority High Achievement, College Board Publications, New York, NY, 1999.
This document looks at the chronically limited presence of African Americans, Latinos and Native Americans among high achieving students at all levels of the educational system. In addition to data, it presents recommendations for how several segments of American society can work more effectively on this national problem.
Cultual Competence Agency Self-Assessment Instrument (Revised), CWLA 2002
A field-tested management tool that will help child service agencies identify, improve, and enhance cultural competence in staff relations and client service delivery.
Culturally Competent Practice: A Series from Children's Voice Magazine, CWLA 1998
A reprint of a four-part series in Children’s Voice, this collection investigates the unique cultural values that child and family practitioners should keep in mind when working with families of different ethnic backgrounds. Installments explore Asian family values; the strengths of African American families; programs that better fit the Latino cultural mosaic; and the relational world view of Native American culture.
Daly, Alfreda, ed., Workplace Diversity: Issues and Perspectives, National Association of Social Workers (NASW), Washington, D.C., 1998.
Workplace Diversity: Issues and Perspectives presents state-of-the-art theory, research, and practical guidance generated by some of the brightest scholars in the United States. Each chapter provides context for understanding workplace diversity as a change process.
Dippie, Brian W., The Vanishing American: White Attitudes and U.S. Indian Policy, University Press of Kansas, Lawrence, Kansas, 1982.
The text looks at U.S. Government policy towards the Native peoples of the United States from a historical context. It focuses primarily on what was called "Vanishing American" when officials discussed Native peoples. This myth of the Vanishing American accounted for the Native Indians' future by denying them one, and stained the policy debate with fatalism.
Eliades, Darby C., and Suitor, Carol West, Celebrating Diversity: Approaching Families Through Their Food, National Center for Education in Maternal and Child Health, Arlington, VA, 1994.
In a multicultural world, opportunities abound for knowledge to be shared among educators, families, and communities. The information in this guide was designed to help build communication skills and work within communities by learning about their foods and the way they celebrate special occasions.
Ewalt, Patricia L., et al, Multicultural Issues in Social Work, National Association of Social Workers (NASW), Washington, D.C., 1996
Multicultural Issues in Social Work is a collection of 38 insightful chapters gathered from the 1994 - 1995 issues of NASW journals. Chapters were selected for their focus and relevance to the many aspects of multicultural social work practice that challenge today's human services professionals.
Fadiman, Anne, The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down: A Hmong Child, Her American Doctors and the Collision of Two Cultures, The Noonday Press, New York, NY, 1997.
The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down explores the real life clash between a small county hospital in California and a refugee family from Laos over the care of a Hmong child diagnosed with severe epilepsy. The child's parents and her doctors wanted what was best for her, but the lack of understanding between them led to tragedy.
Gordon, Linda, The Great Arizona Orphan Abduction, Harvard University Press, Cambridge, MA, 1999
The Great Arizona Orphan Abduction spotlights Mexican-Anglo relations from a historical perspective at a moment when they intersected parental feeling for children. The book tells the story of Clifton-Morenci, a small town in Arizona, transformed by the arrival of a group of racially white orphans from New York. The narrative connects typically male phenomena with the daily domestic and public lives of women, and by doing so shows how gender and family concerns contributed to racial boundaries.
Green, James W., Cultural Awareness in the Human Services: A Multi-Ethnic Approach, Allyn and Bacon, Needham Heights, MA, 1999.
This new edition of Cultural Awareness in the Human Services brings together current information and recent theoretical advances in cross-cultural practice. It is designed to guide students through service issues similar to those they will face as professionals and provide conceptual explanations for the unique challenges of multicultural service delivery.
Hispanic Association on Corporate Responsibility (HACR), Hispanics Today, HACR, Washington, DC, 2000.
A collection of facts, figures and analyses on Hispanics provided by Access Worldwide-Cultural Access Group, Benton Foundation, Cheskin Research, Forrester Research, Inc., Korn/Ferry International, Mckinsey and Company, Milken Institute, The Tomas Rivera Policy Institute, and the U.S. Small Business Administration.
Mallon, Gerald P., Lesbian and Gay Youth Issues: A Practical Guide for Youth Workers, Child Welfare League of America Press: Washington, D.C., 2001
This book is designed to help youth care providers increase their knowledge and skills in working with gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgendered, and questioning youth and their families.
Medical Care Research and Review, Vol. 57, Supplement 1/2000, Sage Publications, Inc., Thousand Oaks, CA, 2000.
The Medical Care Research Review is a compilation of articles that address the racial and ethnic differences in health care. It is a follow-up to the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation's roundtable, "Race, Ethnicity and Medical Care: Improving Access in a Diverse Community". The book attempts to capture the main themes of this roundtable to share the discussion within the health services research, policy and advocacy communities.
Medwick, Cathleen, "Phenomenal Woman: The Bluest Eyes", O Magazine, 178 December 2000, Oprah Winfrey
The article tells the story of Jane Elliot, the schoolteacher from Riceville, IA who made the impact of prejudice brutally real for her third-grade class when she segregated the children according to eye color.
Min, Pyong Gap and Kim, Rose, ed., Struggle for Ethnic Identity: Narratives by Asian American Professionals, Altamira Press: Walnut Creek, CA, 1999.
The book is a collection of autobiographical essays by 15 Asian American professionals and a comprehensive review of theoretical and empirical research. Discusses ethnicity and issues of "assimilation" among Asian Americans.
Nash, Kimberleigh, and Velazquez Jr., Jorge, Cultural Competence: A Guide for Human Service Agencies (Revised), CWLA 2003.
Helps agencies assess their cultural competence levels, create strategic plans for making necessary changes, and improve their service to diverse clientele.
National Council on Disability, Lift Every Voice: Modernizing Disability Policies and Programs to Serve a Diverse Nation, Washington, D.C., December 1, 1999.
This publication is a report that calls on government to make efforts to translate the promise of the Americans with Disabilities Act and other disability laws and programs real opportunities for children and adults with disabilities from diverse racial and ethnic groups, their families and their communities.
Perkins, Jane, et al. Ensuring Linguistic Access in Health Care Settings: Legal Rights and Responsibilities, National Health Law Program (NHeLP), Los Angeles, CA, January 1998.
This document is an overview of the issue of language access in the health care field. The document covers important legal issues and responsibilities pertaining to the provision of linguistically appropriate services in the health care settings.
Rodriguez, Gloria G., Raising Nuestros Niños in a Bicultural World, Fireside Books: New York, N.Y., 1999.
The text focuses on Latino families. It outlines strategies for parent education and family support within the Latino culture and community.
Spector, Rachel E., Cultural Diversity in Health and Illness (4th Ed.), Appleton and Lange, Stamford, CT, 1996
Written primarily for all health-care providers, this text promotes awareness of the dimensions and complexities involved in caring for people from culturally diverse backgrounds. Traditional and alternative health-care beliefs and practices from Asian American, African American, Hispanic, and Native American perspectives are represented.
Tatum, Beverly Daniel, Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria? And Other Conversations About Race, Basic Books, New York, NY, 1997.
In Why Are All the Black Kids sitting Together in the Cafeteria, the author provides us with a new way of thinking and talking about race through the lens of racial identity. The text presents ideas that go beyond the usual Black-White paradigm to embrace the unique circumstances of Latinos, American Indians, Asians, as well as biracial youth.
US Department of Health and Human Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, Cultural Issues in Substance Abuse Treatment, DHHS Publication #(SMA) 99-3278, Rockville, MD, 1999.
An overview of the cultural issues impacting substance abuse treatment in the US.
US Department of Health and Human Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, Cultural Competence for Social Workers: A Guide for Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse Prevention Professionals Working with Ethnic/Racial Communities, DHHS Publication #(SMA) 95-3075, Rockville, MD, 1995.
The primary goal of this publication (one in a series) is to scientifically advance practice and evaluation methodologies designed specifically for alcohol, tobacco, and other drug abuse (ATOD) problem prevention approaches within the multicultural context of the United States.

Related Internet Resources
Children's Voice article, "Adultism and Cultural Competence"
A guidebook produced by the U.S. Administration on Aging (2001) designed for use by providers who serve older racially and ethnically diverse populations. However, it is only an introduction and not intended to substitute for more rigorous and on-going study.
This document is an overview of the issue of linguistically appropriate health care services to people of limited English proficiency. It discusses the magnitude of the problem and its implications on the health care system and the clients it serves. It also discusses the various legislation which require some form of bilingual service provision in various aspects of the health care system. PDF; Requires Acrobat Reader
A summary on the key data for Hispanics in the US from the latest census.
The Center for Effective Collaboration and Practice compiled this comprehensive web page on cultural competence and its importance in the human service and child welfare fields.
Race, Racism and the Law considers race, racism and racial distinctions in the law; It examines the role of domestic and international law in promoting and/or alleviating racism. The site includes statutes, cases, and excerpts of law review articles, annotated bibliographies and other documents related to race and racism.
This site contains information produced by the Southeast Asia Resource Action Center (SEARAC). A national non-profit organization that serves as a voice and resource for the Southeast Asian community (Cambodian, Laotian, and Vietnamese) in the United States.
If you have any suggestions regarding this resource or recommendations about other materials to be included, contact the CWLA Cultural Competence Division at (202) 639-4906 or email:

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