"Complete cultural competence can never be fully attained; rather it is a lifelong process of learning, growing and changing. " 

- Eleanor W. Lynch & Marci J. Hanson

The Cultural Competency Program provides overall direction, focus, and organization in the implementation of the system-wide Cultural Competency Plan that addresses the enhancement of workforce development and the ability to incorporate languages, cultures, beliefs, and practices of its consumers into the services.


The Cultural Community Consultants chair or co-chair a related committee that is perspective of each of the underserved communities they represent. The advisory groups counsel Riverside University Health System- Behavioral Health (RUHS-BH) on culturally informed engagement and service delivery. These advisory groups typically meet every other month and welcome community participation.

African American Family Wellness Advisory Group (AAFWAG) focus primarily on educating and engaging the community on reducing the stigma associated with mental health. The committee has successfully recruited a diverse group of individuals that dedicate themselves to reducing the disparities of this underserved population.


This subcommittee meets on the 3rd Wednesday every month from 10am-11:30am 

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Asian American Task Force was organized to bring the Asian American Pacific Islander (AAPI) population in Riverside County together with providers and community health resources for the purpose of networking, education, advocacy, and community building. Its overall mission is to assist and guide the Cultural Competency Program to help AAPI population to achieve overall wellbeing in their bodies and minds. 


This subcommittee meets on the 2nd Tuesday every other month from 3:30pm-5pm.

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The Community Advocacy for Gender and Sexuality Issues (CAGSI) is an LGBTQ+ Wellness Collaborative. CAGSI is a county-wide coalition of LGBTQ related organizations, consumers, and providers. The goal of CAGSI is to assist the RUHS-BH reducing disparities in the mental health system by ensuring the implementation of culturally competent services and advocating for, and implementing, prevention and early intervention strategies for the LGBTQ+ community.


 This subcommittee meets every 3rd Tuesday of the month from 2:30pm-4:00pm. 

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Cultural Competency Reducing Disparities Committee (CCRD) is a collaboration of community leaders representing Riverside's diverse cultural communities, united in a collective strategy to better meet the behavioral health care needs of traditionally underserved communities. CCRD is chaired by a mental health professional from the Cultural Competency program and has oversight by the RUHS-BH Cultural Competency manager. CCRD meets monthly and is open to the public.


This subcommittee meets every 2nd Wednesday of the month from 9:00am-11:00am.

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The *Deaf and Hard of Hearing subcommittee under RUHS-BH is being formed to uphold, uplift, and further advance, educate, and promote equity, optimal wellbeing, and health for all of its cultural and linguistic-rich community of communities. These members and communities include *deaf with multiple identities and intersectionalities and ages across the lifespan: children and youth to adults and senior citizens, (0-100+) including, but not limited to, Latinx, Asian and Pacific Islander, Indian, Middle East and African, African American, Spirituality and Faith, Native American, and LGBTQIA+.

*Deaf is to denote, deaf, late-deafened, oral-deaf, hard of hearing, deaf and low-vision, deaf-blind, and deaf plus members.


Pubic meetings for this subcommittee are on the last Monday of every month from 4:00pm-6:00pm. 

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The Middle Eastern and North African Task Force, also known as MENA, has a goal of assisting Riverside University Health System-Behavioral Health (RUHS-BH) in reducing disparities in behavioral health programs and improve the livelihoods of the MENA community. Our Program and services are designed to support and enhance community capacity, empowerment, health equity, participation and relevance.


This subcommittee meets on 3rd Wednesday of every other month from 2:30pm-3:30pm. 
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The Hispanic, Latinx committee, also known as HISLA  helps the community thrive, by reducing the stigma of seeking out mental health assistance, providing education, advocacy, and support with navigating healthcare systems. We do all this with a joyful light and emphasis on mental wellness. 


  This subcommittee meets on the last Thursday of every month from 3:00pm-5pm. 
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The People with Disabilities subcommittee elevates the voice of People with Disabilities, ensuring RUHS-BH services are welcoming, transparent, and inclusive. This organization removes accessibility barriers and obliterates stigma.


   This subcommittee meets on the first Friday of every month from 1:00pm to 2:30pm.
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