Cultural Competence Archives - National Wraparound Initiative (NWI)

Toolkit Highlights Using Wraparound to Address Disparities in Child Welfare

January 8, 2024 | NWI

This toolkit centers racial equity in family sustainability. The recommended approach includes high-fidelity Wraparound and focuses on prevention.

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Intervention Shows Success in Reducing Disparities in Suspension Rates

January 8, 2024 | NWI

Despite attempts to eliminate bias from school discipline policies, Black students continue to receive harsher punishments than White students for the same infractions. A new intervention, known as empathic discipline, has led to dramatic improvements by encouraging teachers to cultivate a growth mindset and respond with empathy when students act out.

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Youth Perspectives on Designing Equitable Out-of-School-Time Programs

December 1, 2023 | NWI

A youth-led research project provides an indication of how young people from marginalized communities may experience out-of-school-time programming, including that they are sometimes treated differently because of race, gender identity, or other factors.

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When to Adapt: Evidence-Based Treatments for Children of Diverse Cultural Backgrounds

December 1, 2023 | NWI

This Issue Brief describes what is known about making adaptations to behavioral health evidence-based treatments for diverse populations or children, and provides recommendations for clinicians on when and how to make these decisions.

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Misdiagnosis of Mood Disorders in Black Teenagers

October 30, 2023 | NWI

Research shows that kids of color, specifically Black kids, may be more likely than white kids to get the wrong diagnosis when they show signs of a mood disorder. They might get written off as misbehaving. Or they might be wrongly diagnosed with a different disorder like conduct disorder. This article discusses why this might be happening and what can be done to ensure proper diagnosis.

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Research Suggests Racism Contributes to Childhood Obesity

September 24, 2023 | NWI

A large body of research connects racial discrimination to poor health outcomes, and a new study confirms these findings among children. The study found that children as young as 9 were more likely to meet the definition of obesity if they faced racism a year earlier.

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Utilizing Black Families’ Cultural Assets

May 13, 2022 | NWI

This publication is part of a broader effort to build a deeper understanding of the diversity of Black families, contextualize their experiences within systems and institutions, and produce evidence to inform policies and practices that promote their well-being in the twenty-first century.

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Racial-Ethnic Disparities in Wraparound

April 4, 2022 | NWI

Previous research has illustrated significant disparities in outcomes of non-Wraparound care on the basis of youths’ race-ethnicity. This study aimed to fill a research gap by examining disparities in outcomes for families receiving Wraparound care coordination within a system of care.

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Young Men of Color Present Their Research on Mental Health

February 24, 2022 | NWI

A cohort of Black and brown men 21 years and younger, undertook research based on the premise that they are best equipped to research their own community’s experience with mental health and make recommendations for effective change. The researchers conducted surveys, interviews and focus groups with peers about mental health.

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Evidence for Culturally Specific/Responsive Programs in Child Welfare

January 21, 2022 | NWI

Children and families of color are disproportionately represented in the child welfare system. This brief provides an overview of 10 culturally specific and two culturally responsive programs and services designed by tribal communities and communities of color and the evidence for each.

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