Our Commitment to Cultural Competency

Our Commitment to Cultural Competency

The staff, volunteers and Community Advisory Board of the UCSF Alliance Health Project have a 32-year history of commitment to the values of cultural and linguistic competency. We believe that embracing individual difference is a cornerstone of providing professional mental health and substance use disorder care and as such, we hold as a core value that each client brings his or her own “culture” to the behavioral health encounter. To that end, we are dedicated to providing services that are as sensitive to the linguistic, racial, ethnic, gender and sexual minority needs of our clients as possible.
 
Part of the genesis of AHP arose from the need to provide HIV prevention and mental health services to gay and bisexual men and intravenous drug users—the two groups most commonly infected with HIV—both of which have historically suffered from societal discrimination and stigma. For these reasons, AHP has always been committed to services that are culturally competent, client centered and community based.

Follow this link to read or download the AHP CLAS Implementation Report as a PDF

Follow this link to read or download the Enhanced CLAS Standards as a PDF

Follow this link to read or download the Case for Enhanced National CLAS Standards as a PDF