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Innovation Brief: The Cultural Enhancement Model for Evidence-Based Practice

Published Dec 12, 2013, Sarah Walker, Research Assistant Professor, University of Washington Division of Public Behavioral Health & Justice Policy

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Interest in developing and testing cultural adaptations has grown in proportion to the widespread adoption of policies to support the implementation of evidence-based practice (EBPs). One significant challenge for EBP dissemination is the perception that EBPs are not responsive to cultural needs and preferences and thus conflict with standards of culturally competent best practice. The University of Washington Division of Public Behavioral Health & Justice Policy developed the Cultural Enhancement Model to provide feasible guidance to agencies and practitioners for how to incorporate culturally-relevant strategies into evidence-based practice to improve both community and client-level engagement.


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