The cultural adaptation of programs and services is one of the cornerstones to advancing our goal of increasing access to health and social services for the English-speaking Black community. Evidence-based practice demonstrates that working in partnership with community groups from the target community, and community-based agencies helps reach intended audiences, identify culturally competent strategies and gives more credibility to the initiatives that promote policy, program, and practice reforms. In addition, language in the legislation of both the Quebec Health and Social Service Act and the policy document for the “Jeunes en difficulté” provide a basis for the adaptation of services for ethnocultural communities.
We have drafted a document titled: “The Framework For Achieving Policy, Program and Service Adaptations To Increase Access to Prevention and Early Intervention Services.”
This program has four key components:
- To raise public awareness and consciousness about the health and social and disparities affecting Black English-speaking community, and minority communities in general.
- To promote the empowerment of Black families who are at risk by identifying, assessing, implementing and promoting best practice, and giving families access to culturally competent prevention and early intervention programs, policies and strategies.
- To explain the implications of diversity to community organizations and public institutions.
- To develop diversified support for ACDPN’s child and family agenda by sensitizing and informing legislators, funders, foundations, policy decision-makers, and others about evidence-based approaches which address long standing social disparities, and the cost-effectiveness of prevention and early intervention.