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Editor's e-Note
One of the beauties of being a social worker is the privilege to meet people from wide-ranging backgrounds and experiences. While that’s a benefit, it comes with its own set of challenges.

This month’s E-News Exclusive spotlights research that reveals the keys to developing fruitful and long-lasting relationships with culturally diverse clients.

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— Lee DeOrio, editorial director
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Research Review: How to Better Serve Culturally Diverse Clients

By Tylyn K. Johnson

People born and raised in the United States, including many social workers, tend to be monolingual English speakers.1 This may affect attitudes toward, and therefore the services provided to, folks from culturally and linguistically diverse (CLD) backgrounds.

How can social workers and agencies better support CLD clients? This article examines several approaches that have been used to serve clients from non-English speaking backgrounds.

Strategies for Better Serving CLD Populations
The approaches used to improve services to CLD populations can be sorted into three categories: professional-oriented, environment-centered, and learning-focused.

Professional-oriented strategies revolve around allocating human capital (ie, the talents and skills of social workers and/or other professionals) to meet clients’ needs.

The Use of Interpreters
Research shows that the presence of an interpreter doesn’t inherently reduce rapport building or increase deception, but it is important to establish clear expectations between workers, clients, and interpreters.2 This includes areas such as confidentiality and the flow of conversation.3 The interpreter should be sure to report client feelings, and the social worker has to be comfortable asking open-ended and/or probing questions.4

Of course, it is necessary for workers, agencies, and clients to balance who should provide interpretation services. This will inevitably vary depending on the resources [people and/or funds] available to support, and plans should be made accordingly. Interpreters may be the following:

• certified professionals;
• members of clients’ support networks;5
• trained volunteers;6 and
• in-house bilingual/bicultural social workers.7

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Industry Insight
Mount Sinai Launches Tech Fund for BIPOC, Women Innovators

Mount Sinai Innovation Partners (MSIP), the commercialization arm of the Mount Sinai Health System in New York, New York, has launched i3 Prism, a technology commercialization fund focused on women and Black, Indigenous, and people of color (BIPOC) health care innovators.

This unique opportunity empowers diverse innovators, including Mount Sinai’s faculty, staff, and students, to help advance technologies and develop commercialization plans. Participating innovators can receive up to $33,000 in funding, based on their work’s milestone achievements, in an effort to bring innovations to life and improve health and well-being for all people.

MSIP and its collaborators aspire to increase access to funding for Mount Sinai inventors, regardless of field, and the fund is available to all teams across the entire Health System. i3 Prism is the newest addition to Mount Sinai’s i3 (innovation, inflection and impact) family of funds, supporting innovation and advancing Mount Sinai technologies.

“i3 Prism will enable women and BIPOC innovators to take the next step in advancing breakthrough health care technologies to benefit patients,” says Erik Lium, PhD, president of MSIP and chief commercial innovation officer of Mount Sinai. “This fund will directly support i3 Prism awardees in bringing their solutions to the next level.”

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New Edition of Grand Challenges for Social Work and Society Now Available

The latest edition of Grand Challenges for Social Work and Society: Milestones Achieved and Opportunities Ahead is now available.

Featuring 13 chapters, one for each Grand Challenge, this revised edition provides updates on the initiatives laid out in the first edition and sets new goals. It also includes new information on the Grand Challenge to Eliminate Racism, gender equity issues across all Grand Challenges, expanding the social work pipeline, commentaries from leading social work organizations, and how interdisciplinary science can be applied to tackle society’s most urgent problems.

Edited by Richard Barth, PhD, MSW; Jill Messing, PhD, MSW; Trina Shanks, PhD, MSW; and James Herbert Williams, PhD, MSW, MPA, this compelling new book is essential reading for social workers, policymakers, educators, and other professionals.

— Source: University of Maryland School of Social Work
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