Increasing Cultural Competence to Reduce Behavioral Health Disparities

Cultural Competency

Reducing behavioral disparities is key to preventing substance use, yet doing so can be challenging. First, identifying groups that experience disparities can be difficult, as data on these populations isn’t always available. Second, there are no easy solutions: multiple factors contribute to disparities, including but not limited to reduced access to culturally and linguistically appropriate services.

Authors the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s Center