On the Road to Cultural Competency Event

The Kansas City Cultural Competency Initiative (KCCCI) is hosting their first annual conference on Thursday, March 13, 2014, at the MCC-Penn Valley Education Center:

On the Road to Cultural Competency 2014

Impacting Individual and Organizational Change

8:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

This daylong event will focus on the importance and inclusion of diversity, and will feature keynote speaker, Dr. Melody Goodman, MS, PhD.

This event is no charge, but seating is limited.  Please click HERE to reserve a spot.  

Be sure to EMAIL us and let us know what round table session you’d like to attend (see the complete listing below). 



About the Keynote Speaker

image_event_rockdocs_goodmanDr. Goodman received her B.S. summa cum laude in applied mathematics-statistics and economics (double major) from Stony Brook University (SBU) where she was a Minority Access to Research Careers (MARC) National Institutes of Health (NIH) Fellow.  In 1999, she received the Provost Award for Academic Excellence, graduated from the SBU Honors College and was inducted into the SBU chapter of Phi Beta Kappa. In 2003 she received her M.S. in biostatistics from the Harvard School of Public Health where she was an Initiative for Minority Student Development (IMSD/NIH) Fellow. In 2006 Melody received her Ph.D. from the Department of Biostatistics at HarvardUniversity with minors in theoretical statistics and the social determinants of health disparities. She was a National Institute of Child Health and Human Development NIH Minority Pre-doctoral Fellow.  Her doctoral work focused on statistical methods for community-based cancer interventions and health disparities research.  She is currently an Assistant Professor of Surgery, Division of Public Health Sciences at Washington University in St. Louis School of Medicine.

Dr. Goodman believes that community lies at the heart of public health and is actively engaged in community based participatory research.  She provides her research expertise to community based organizations; developing survey instruments, evaluating projects and establishing a collaborative framework that engages community members to participate in public health research.  She has been subcontracted by the National Human Genome Research Institute/NIH to analyze patterns of beliefs about the genetic causation of health conditions and health behaviors among community health center patients.  Dr. Goodman was Principal Investigator on a NIH Partners in Research grant entitled Community Alliance for Research Empowering Social change (CARES).  Her work has been funded by the National Institutes of Health, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Verizon Foundation, Long Island Community Foundation, and Susan G. Komen for the Cure.  Her research findings have been published in top public health peer reviewed journals including Health & Place, Health, Education & Behavior, Obesity, Cancer Causes & Control, Public Health Genomics, and the American Journal of Public Health.  Dr. Goodman is a young health disparities researcher with the potential to make significant contribution to the reduction of disparities in health.


Conference Goals & Objectives

  • Understand the importance of developing and sustaining culturally competent and diverse services.
  • Identify elements of a comprehensive cultural competency and diversity policy.
  • Identify steps of an action plan to develop culturally competent services specific to a local community.
  • Develop relationships and resources to continue practitioners’ professional growth in culturally competent knowledge and skill building.
  • Understand the use of organizational change processes to change organizational culture and linguistic competence.
  • Identify elements and examples of assessment tools that can be used for both organizations and individuals.

Inclusion is not a strat­egy to help people fit into the systems and structures that exist in our societies; it is about transforming those sys­tems and structures to make it better for everyone. Inclusion is about creating a better world for everyone.


This event has been made possible through the generous support of:

  • Health Care Foundation of Greater Kansas City
  • Jackson County Community Mental Health Fund
  • REACH Healthcare Foundation
  • Shumaker Family Foundation




Round Table Discussions & Facilitators

  1. Health Literacy – Pamela Kelley, Health Literacy Missouri
  2. LGBTQ – Jennifer Townsend, Plaza de Niños, Guadalupe Center; and a representative from LIKEME Lighthouse
  3. Privilege – Susan Jones, Jackson County Community Mental Health Fund; Jami Evans Arreola, Spofford
  4. Mental Health – Marsha Palmer Thelwell, ReDiscover; Theresa Cummings, Jackson County Community Mental Health Fund
  5. Gender Issues – Kristy Baughman, Rose Brooks Center; Jody Cope, Child Abuse Prevention Association
  6. Disability – Susie Haake, Nonprofit Advisor
  7. Violence and Micro-Aggressions – Sharon Goolsby, Urban Health Consultant; Tracy Pettis Johnson, Comprehensive Mental Health Services, Inc.
  8. LEP & Cultural Competency – Gaby Flores, Children’s Mercy Hospitals & Clinics; Dr. J.C. Cowden, Children’s Mercy Hospitals & Clinics
  9. Generational Differences – Jacqui Moore, Director of the Jackson County Area Office on Aging
  10. Minority Recruitment, Retention and Promotion – Irene Caudillo, El Centro; Judy Wright, Shumaker Family Foundation
  11. Religious Diversity – Rev. Deth Im, PICO National Network
  12. Data and Evaluation of Cultural Competence – Virginia Nielsen, Kids TLC, Inc.