Power, Ethics, & Law

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Developing a template for online evidence based cultural competency education
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Until the publication of Unequal Treatment in 2001, health disparities were attributed to differences in socioeconomic status. Although SES is a contributing factor, the roots of these disparities are broader in scope. There has been strong evidence produced that disparities in health care access, quality and acceptability exist in cultural and racial minority groups despite socioeconomic status. Unfortunately, many providers are not aware of the role that cultural issues play in health disparities. In 2002 the majority of doctors interviewed in a study by the Kaiser Family Foundation believed that disparities in care or treatment of patients were "never" or "rarely" due to language or ethnic factors (Kaiser Family Foundation, 2002). There is also little awareness of the laws regarding language service delivery and provider responsibility. An online cultural competency module was developed that could be adapted for use for continuing professional education credit, a cultural competency elective, or a module for an existing course. The design of this module is based on increasing knowledge about the root of disparities and the legal issues involved. Knowledge, though, is not enough. The module also focuses on examining attitudes and building cultural competency skills so that behavioral changes are more likely to occur.
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Systems Thinking and Racial Justice
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In this webinar, Professor john powell talks about how systems thinking and a structural lens can inform our work for racial justice and deepen our understanding of racial disparities. He examines how the interactions of structures and institutions create not only opportunity and deprivation, but also inhabit our ideas and language about race, identity and the self. Professor john powell is the Executive Director of the Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity at the Ohio State University, and Williams Chair in Civil Rights & Civil Liberties at the Moritz College of Law. An internationally recognized authority in the areas of civil rights, civil liberties and issues relating to race, ethnicity, poverty, and the law, he was previously National Legal Director of the American Civil Liberties Union, Founder and Director of the Institute on Race and Poverty at the University of Minnesota, and a cofounder of the Poverty & Race Research Action Council.
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Using the Health Care Language Services Implementation Guide: An intervention tool for increasing language access in health care environments
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According to census data, approximately one in four Americans speaks a language other than English at home. Given this growing statistic, it is imperative that organizations provide information in both culturally and linguistically competent ways. To help organizations implement effective language access services (LAS) to meet the needs of their language minority patients, thereby increasing their access to health care, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Minority Health (OMH) sponsored the development of the Health Care Language Services Implementation Guide (HCLSIG). The HCLSIG lays out the basic steps for implementing LAS, and the process for carrying out each step is explained in detail and supplemented with links to resources and tips on alternative ways to complete the step. This session is designed to help health care administrators and organizations develop and implement effective language access services. This session will use multiple learning strategies including interactive discussion and completion of planning documents, to provide participants with concrete strategies to implement LAS within their health care organizations. Participants will be able to educate those within their organization on the importance of LAS and how to use the HCLSIG to conduct an initial assessment of their organization's current capabilities to provide these services. As communities and organizations evolve over time, the HCLSIG provides a framework and assists with the evolution of LAS. The HCLSIG can help a participant guide their organization on its mission to provide quality healthcare to all members of the community they serve, regardless of their language ability.
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