Department of Nutrition

The University of Tennessee, Knoxville

Diversity & Cultural Competence

Interactions that Make a Difference

Interactions that Make a Difference (ITMD) is a daylong cultural and linguistic competence workshop for Tennessee Title V Personnel. Maternal and Child Health Nutrition Faculty and funded trainees facilitate workshops in the fall, spring, and summer semesters all over the state. Participants are individuals who have direct interactions with clients, participants, and individuals who are receiving services at health departments. The workshop involves group discussions and skills training focused on cultural knowledge, awareness, and skills.

Cultural and Linguistic Competence Express

The Cultural and Lingustic Competence Express is an on-campus program targeted to graduate students in the health-related disciplines. It was implemented Fall 2006 in collaboration with departments and programs across campus. Every year, MCH Nutrition Faculty and funded trainees facilitate this daylong workshop for all incoming graduate students in the Department on Nutrition.

Diversity Learning Collaborative

The Diversity Peer Learning Collaborative is sponsored by the Division of Maternal and Child Health Workforce Development and is facilitated by the MCH Workforce Performance Center at Altarum Institute in partnership with the National Center for Cultural Competence. It is an intensive collaborative peer learning process in which a small number of highly motivated grantees are provided a structured and safe environment to address challenges to racial and ethnic diversity, health equity, and cultural and linguistic competence within their training program through learning opportunities, technical assistance, and collaboration with peers.

Cultural and Linguistic Competence Online Modules

The Cultural and Linguistic Competence (CLC) Online Modules are an online module series intended to enhance individual cultural competence of people who are health professionals or are preparing for careers in health professions. This online module series is designed to help increase individual’s cultural awareness, knowledge, and skills.


This project is supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) under grant number T79MC09805, Leadership Education in Maternal and Child Health Nutrition, $176,649, 50% funded by the University of Tennessee, Department of Nutrition. This information or content and conclusions are those of the author and should not be construed as the official position or policy of, nor should any endorsements be inferred by HRSA, HHS or the U.S. Government.

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