Samia Hussein, MPH, Director, (860) 418-6806

The Office of Multicultural Health Equity (OMHE) functions to enhance the delivery of DMHAS services for mental health and substance use disorders in a way that acknowledges the impact of individual differences on client treatment, differences such as race, ethnic or cultural background, age, gender, sexual orientation, and physical or mental status. 

The goal of the Office of Multicultural Health Equity is to assure that cultural competence is an integral quality of all services that DMHAS provides for people of every ethnic/cultural group.


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Office of Multicultural Health Equity Staff

Samia Hussein, Director, (860) 418-6806

Cynthia Martin, Trainer, (860) 418-6604

Sharon Greaves, Administrative Assistant (860) 418-6758

Elizabeth Flanagan, Associate Research Scientist (203) 764-7592

410 Capitol Avenue. 4th Fl., MS14 OMHE
P.O. Box 341431
Hartford, CT 06134
Office Fax (860) 418-6792

The Multicultural Training

The DMHAS/OMHE multicultural training recruits 35 participants annually for 21 full days of multicultural training over a ten month period. The students must produce a product which is usually a culturally competent service project for their area of service which can be implemented and replicated in other settings and regions. The persons seek personal awareness of their own culture not only in the class encounter with a diverse body of students but also by means of a personal heritage ethnographic search which is reported to the plenary class. Journals recording new cultural experiences are prepared and submitted for study by training staff.

The 21 day Multicultural training curriculum addresses dealing with clinical issues in the following areas:

  1. Orientation of the class to the course with cultural self-assessment pre-survey
  2. When cultures meet. An opportunity to share and learn about the diverse composition of the class.
  3. What is culture? What is Ethnicity? Cultural parameters.
  4. What is worldview? An in depth experience of how individuals perceive differences.
  5. Communication Styles. An important step toward cultural competence.
  6. Ethnic/Cultural Identity Development
  7. Program Development that incorporates cultural issues.
  8. Europeans Americans. Ethnicities. Cultures. History of immigration and oppression.
  9. African Origin. From Africa to slavery to modern reality of challenges today.
  10. Latinos/Hispanic cultures.
  11. Native Americans
  12. Asian Americans
  13. Jewish Issues in Multiculturalism
  14. Gay/Lesbian/Transgender/BI-sexual and Gender Issues
  15. Psycho-educational groups
  16. Racism/Oppression
  17. History/Pathology and Healing
  18. Development of Protective Mechanisms Against Racism
  19. Multicultural Ethics in behavioral health settings.
  20. Projects
  21. Ethnographies