History of NJSNCC
- April 2002: The New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services, Division of Family Health Services, was selected as one of five state Title V programs to participate in a Targeted Technical Assistance.
- The National Center for Cultural Competence at the Georgetown University Center for Child and Human Development conducted the Technical Assistance as part of the Federal Maternal and Child Health Bureau Strategic Plan, with the objective of increasing the percentage of States that implement culturally competent policies, procedures, and practices to 100%.
- June 5-6, 2002: The Technical Assistance program was convened at the Elizabeth M. Boggs Center on Developmental Disabilities, University of Medicine and Dentistry of NJ, in New Brunswick, NJ.
- Approximately 60 DHSS staff, agency personnel, community partners, and family members attended. One of the major goals identified by the group for follow-up was the development of a statewide network.
- August 2002: First meeting of group interested in network development, representing the NJ Department of Human Services, NJ Department of Health and Senior Services, Early Intervention Collaboratives, Maternal and Child Health Consortia, The Boggs Center, Statewide Parent Advocacy Network (SPAN), NJ Protection and Advocacy, and the Developmental Disabilities Council. Name of network formally selected.
- Autumn 2002: Consensus reached on a Mission Statement, as follows: To strengthen culturally competent services in the State of New Jersey for people with diverse needs, and to facilitate access by individuals, families, providers, and professionals to these services. People with diverse needs are defined as “those with varying abilities and disabilities, cultures, languages, and social and health care needs.”
- Winter 2003: Development and beginning implementation of Strategic Plan, Goal 1: To identify existing resources in New Jersey, i.e., agencies and individuals who have knowledge and skills about specific cultures and/or services for people with diverse needs.
- January-February 2003: Data collection tool (cover letter and survey) developed and sent to selected agencies.
- Spring 2003: Development of NJSNCC logo and letterhead.
- Continued distribution of data collection tool and development of database.
- Development of listserv to broaden dissemination of notices, information, etc.
- July 2003: First Annual Meeting of the NJSNCC at the Boggs Center on Developmental Disabilities, New Brunswick.
- September 2003: Presentation by members of NJSNCC at the 4 th UMDNJ/RWJMS Conference on Culturally Competent Care entitled “Multicultural Health Care: A Mosaic for The New Millennium” in Philadelphia, PA.
- Presentations to Medicaid Task Force on Cultural Competence and to Division of Mental Health Services.
- January 2004: Development of NJSNCC brochure, focus on various media for distribution of database, development of Strategic Plan, Goal 2: To stimulate, promote, and celebrate the development and dissemination of promising or best practices in culturally and linguistically competent service delivery.
- February 2004: Meeting with Office of Multicultural and Minority Health, Department of Health and Senior Services, to discuss collaborative efforts.
- Spring 2004: Beginning discussions of development of Web site for NJSNCC.
- Autumn 2004: Agreement by Office of Information Technology Services, NJ Department of Health and Senior Services, to develop Web site. Development of User Requirements.
- January 2005. Reorganization meeting to formalize structure of NJSNCC. Status report on Web site: Expected completion within three to six months.
- May 2005: Launch of NJSNCC web site.