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A Toolkit for Applying the Cultural Enhancement Model To Evidence-Based Practice

Published Nov 22, 2013, Sarah Cusworth Walker, Ph.D. Eric Trupin, Ph.D. Jacquelyn Hansen, MPH

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At a national level, minority clients are less likely to access mental and behavioral health services and drop out of treatment more frequently than nonminority counterparts. While this phenomenon is driven by social and economic factors, it is reasonable to assume it also may be due to a lack of adequate training in culturally congruent therapeutic approaches.   The Cultural Enhancement Model presented in this paper addresses engagement factors at the community and individual-level in order to overcome barriers to EBP dissemination and program retention. 


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