Community Health Assessment

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Diversity and Cultural Competency in Public Health Settings - Basic Level
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The purpose of this course is to provide public health practitioners with the awareness and knowledge to incorporate diversity and cultural competency concepts, tools, and techniques into their daily work. It is expected that by the end of this course that each participant will be conversant in issues related to culture and health, health disparities, and community health models designed to close the gap in health disparities.
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Enhancing cultural competence to address healthcare disparities in Latino communities
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One strategy to eliminate healthcare disparities for Latinos is influencing the higher education curriculum to enhance the cultural competence of students in health professions. This helps prepare future healthcare providers to overcome cultural barriers known to contribute to Latino's healthcare underutilization, deferral, and low patient treatment compliance. This presentation describes the development and pilot testing of a culture immersion program in a rural Latino community as part of an NIH funded project. Faculty from a northeastern university and community leaders partnered to work collaboratively. Graduate students moved for a short time from their cities of residence to live with Latino families, visit healthcare organizations, and participate in community activities. Participants observed, learned, shared, and exchanged information focusing on what shapes Latinos health beliefs, practices, and help seeking preferences. Students could critically analyze their own biases, prejudices, stereotypes, and clinical uncertainties with regard to Latinos within the context of this population's ethnic reality. Pre and post questionnaires indicated personal and professional satisfaction through exposure to Latino language, family and social life, food and customs. Participants developed a deeper understanding of Latino cultural traits such as familism, simpatia, and collectivism, becoming acutely aware of personal and systemic barriers underlying healthcare disparities. The success of this pilot project was largely due to effective community-academic partnership and collaboration. This experiential learning will be presented within the context of relevant literature. References will be provided. Implications of cultural competency in the workforce to eliminate health disparities through health education and health promotion will be discussed.
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Focused Strategic Thinking
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This course introduces the process of using Focused Strategic Thinking (FST) to develop an organization’s strategic action plan during a one and a half day retreat. The course presents each component of the FST process, provides examples of activities, and discusses expected outcomes of each phase from preliminary analysis to implementation.
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Program planning in medical education to facilitate students' cultural competency: A cross case analysis
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The increasingly diverse population and the inequitable treatment of marginalized groups in the United States indicate a need for all health care providers and educators to gain competency in working with populations of various racial, ethnic, gendered, linquistic, and socioeconomic backgrounds. Educational programs in public health, health sciences, and medical education focus on issues of diversity, health disparities, and inclusivity in education and in practice. However, visible and invisible barriers often hinder the process of planning programs to emphasize cultural competency and health disparities. This presentation describes a cross-case analysis of four medical education programs and their efforts to facilitate the cultural competency of faculty and students while addressing racial and ethnic disparities in health care. A discussion will present findings that indicate a consistent pattern of sociopolitical issues people encountered and negotiation strategies used when implementing programming to address racial and ethnic disparities. The case analysis approach revealed areas for quality improvement in programming. This presentation will conclude with recommendations for using case analysis as a methodology to evaluate the depth, scope, and success of health related programs in facilitating cultural competency and addressing racial and ethnic disparities.
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Take Action Cycle: Assess Needs & Resources
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Deb Nichols, Public Health Educator and Public Information Officer for the Cattaraugus County Health Department in western New York, was our guest speaker for this Take Action Cycle webinar on Assess Needs & Resources. Deb shared how they used the County Health Rankings as a call to action, bringing together many different stakeholders each of whom "owned" different pieces of data. She described an assets-based approach that helped them build a complete picture, gain some early wins, and move into a priority setting process that is engaging the community.
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Teaching cultural competence: Preparing college students for the real world
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This session describes a 100-level college course that uses multiple strategies to develop cross-cultural competence among the students. The strategies include comparative analyses of one's own cultural heritage and health traditions with those of persons of different race/ethnicity and gender. Additionally, case scenarios, video discussions, and selected readings help students to learn about different cultures and how best to address their health care needs. The students demonstrate their knowledge and skills through classroom assessments and a group project presentation that highlights the demographic profile, cultural practices, health traditions, and health care needs of the chosen ethnic/racial group and strategies to best address the identified needs. Evaluation methods and assessment rubrics will be shared along with resources to facilitate development of cross-cultural competency.
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