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CCCS Advances Diversity Training & Oral Health Equity

Cross Cultural Community Services (CCCS) continues to offer Equity, Diversity and Inclusion training to many organizations throughout Maine and also addresses the Social Determinants of Health (SDOH), making resources more accessible and equitable—especially for black, indigenous, and people of color (BIPOC). We focus our SDOH work on three areas: older Mainers, family well-being, and oral health.

  • Aging: Our Achieving Health Equity With Older People committee has been hard at work finalizing our strategic plan to:

  • Increase community connection and access to quality healthcare services for older BIPOC and LGBTQ+ community members.

  • Oral Health:

  • This summer, Cross Cultural Community Services' Oral Health Equity Collaborative, will gather data with marginalized BIPOC and LGBTQ+ groups and oral health providers to learn more about what we need to do to improve the patient /provider relationship between various communities and their oral healthcare providers and the barriers to accessing high-quality oral healthcare.

  • Family Wellbeing:

    • CCCS has been working with USM’s Catherine Cutler Institute to conduct a Health Equity Capacity Assessment for the Maine Coalition Against Sexual Assault. Currently, we’re in phase 1 of this project, surveying MECASA’s center sites to learn about their understanding of equity and primary prevention. This summer, we plan to get more in-depth information to conduct focus groups for their staff to learn about their equity and primary prevention work and community-wide listening sessions to gain information about the community’s perspective on MECASA’s work. We aim to ensure that MECASA’s important services are accessible to all people who need them, primarily our most impacted communities. 

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