Advancing Cultural Competence in the Public Health and Healthcare Workforce

State University of New York at Albany has launched the first structural competence program in the country. This brand-new program called Advancing Cultural Competence, offers certificates in structural competency for the American Indian, Latino/a, African American and Black, and Asian populations in New York. Certificates are now available for the American Indian and Latino/a series. Courses for those series are now available for viewing. To register for those certificates or to see a description of each course in the certificate series, click here.

Introduction to Value Based Payments (VBP) Video

The NYS Department of Health has published its latest video, Value Based Payments (VBP): An Introduction. The video gives an overview of what value based payments are, its important role in the NYS Medicaid program, and how it will help to improve patient outcomes. The video can be viewed at:

More information on VBP can be found on the DOH website,

How We Talk about It Matters

The article How We Talk about It Matters published by SAMSHA, describes how the media helps influence public attitudes and opinions regarding behavioral health.  The Carter Center in consultation with behavioral health experts, former journalists, and bloggers launched the “Resource Guide for Reporting on Behavioral Health: How You Talk About It Matters.” This guide provides relevant and useful information to the media about mental illness and substance use disorders and includes tips and supporting facts that can help ensure that representations of mental illness and substance use disorders are fair, balanced, and accurate. 

To read the full article and get access to the guide please use the following link:


CPWNY aligning with P2 Collaborative and Millennium Collaborative Care to tackle Cultural Competency and Health Literacy

P2 Collaborative is the recipient of the Population Health Improvement Program (PHIP) grant. The following goals are key to the success of this initiative: coordinating regional activities to improve population health; establishing a culture of data driven decision making; reduction of health disparities, and launching a regional technical assistance infrastructure. As part of this initiative, CPWNY has teamed up with P2 and Millennium Collaborative Care to begin an assessment of the cultural competency and health literacy approaches of our partner organizations. Our goal as a performing provider system (PPS) is to accommodate the needs of our partners in addressing cultural competency and health literacy through a robust educational strategy.  Efforts will focus on sustainability of this strategy in engaging providers and meeting the needs of our patient population.

For any questions regarding this initiative please contact Patricia Podkulski at or 716-862-2160.