Dr. Josepha Campinha-Bacote (link) is the President and Founder of Transcultural C.A.R.E. Associates, a private consultation service which focuses on clinical, administrative, research, and educational issues in transcultural health care and mental health. She has worked with managed healthcare organizations, acute and long term medical centers, outpatient healthcare organizations, academic institutions, community outreach centers, international organizations/ institutions, faith-based organizations and the federal government to enhance the level of cultural competence among their employees and healthcare professionals.
She has been the recipient of several national and international honors and awards which include the The Journal of Psychosocial Nursing and Mental Health Services’ 2007 Article of the Year Award ("Becoming Culturally Competent in Ethnic Psychopharmacology"), the University of Rhode Island Distinguished Achievement Award, the Health Knowledge Award from the Ohio Commission on Minority Health, the Lifetime Achievement Award from the University of Rhode Island’s Multicultural Center, the Transcultural Nursing Society International (TCNS) Leadership Award, the Distinguished Lecturer Award from Sigma Theta Tau International, the Ethnic/Racial Minority Fellowship Award from the National Institute of Mental Health, the TCNS Transcultural Nurse Scholar Award, and the Research Fellowship Award from the Ohio Department of Mental Health. Dr. Campinha-Bacote is also a Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing.
She received her B.S. from the University of Rhode Island, a M.S. from Texas Women’s University, a M.A. in Religion/Theology from Cincinnati Christian University and her Ph.D from the University of Virginia.
Dr. Campinha-Bacote holds several state, national and international certifications. She is Board Certified by the American Nurses Credentialing Center as a Clinical Nurse Specialist in Adult Psychiatric & Mental Health Nursing, certified by the Transcultural Nursing Society as a Certified Transcultural Nurse, and holds a Certificate of Authority from the Ohio Board of Nursing to practice as an Advanced Practice Clinical Nurse Specialist. In addition, Dr. Campinha-Bacote holds several adjunct faculty positions.
Dr. Campinha-Bacote has given more than 1,000 national and international presentations on issues concerning transcultural health care and transcultural psychiatry. She has numerous publications (link) in these specialty areas and has received external funding for her research projects. Dr. Campinha-Bacote has developed a conceptual model, “The Process of Cultural Competemility in The Delivery of Healthcare Services,” (link) which several colleges of nursing, pharmacy, physical therapy, dentistry, social work, medicine and other allied healthcare disciplines are incorporating into their undergraduate and graduate programs. Based on this model of cultural competence, she developed the instruments, Inventory for Assessing the Process of Cultural Competence Among Healthcare Professionals – Revised (IAPCC-R) (link), which measures the level of cultural competence among healthcare professionals; Inventory for Assessing the Process of Cultural Competence Among Healthcare Professionals – Student Version (IAPCC-SV) (link), which measures the level of cultural competence among healthcare students; and Inventory for Assessing the Process of Cultural Competence in Mentoring (IAPCC-M) (link), which measures the level of cultural competence among healthcare professionals as it relates to the mentoring process.
As a result of her graduate work in theology, she developed a second model, “A Biblically Based Model of Cultural Competence in The Delivery of Healthcare Services,” (link) which is also being used in the curricula of allied health professions as well as in seminaries. Based on this biblically based model of cultural competence, she developed the instrument, “Inventory for Assessing a Biblical Worldview of Cultural Competence Among healthcare Professionals (IABWCC) (link).
Dr. Campinha-Bacote served on the National Advisory Committee to the United States Department of Health and Human Services Office of Minority Health (USDHHS OMH) to develop standards for Culturally and Linguistically Appropriate Services (CLAS) in Health Care. She continued this interest, as she served as a consultant to the USDHHS OMH to implement these CLAS standards by assisting in the development of the Cultural Competency Curricula Modules (CCCMs) for family physicians and the Culturally Competent Nursing Modules Project. She currently serves as a consultant on several HRSA grants focusing on cultural competence in the health professions.