Health Equity and Cultural Competancy Training Opportunity

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A workshop to explore the concepts of health and healthcare disparities, build greater insight into unconscious/implicit bias, and delve into models for developing individual and organizational cultural competence.

Positive health outcomes are not evenly distributed across the public.  Some populations face much greater challenges in achieving and maintaining good health.  Health Leaders like you can play a crucial role in understanding the reasons for these differences and leading strategies to promote greater health equity.

Training sessions will be offered in Houlton, Maine on October 19th, and in Lewiston, Maine on Tuesday, October 20th.

The training is a 5 1/2 hour session, and includes lunch.  **The training is the same on both days so attendees should plan on attending one of the sessions.

After this workshop, participants will be able to:

1. Describe the concept of diversity as it applies to individuals and populations:

a. Describe health disparities affecting racial/ethnic/language minorities in Maine

b. Differentiate between health and healthcare disparities

c. Identify other populations in Maine also experiencing health and healthcare disparities

d. Identify health disparities and their impact in various public health practice settings

e. Explain how implementing health equity strategies enhance the overall quality of population health services and outcomes.

2. Incorporate strategies for interacting with persons from diverse backgrounds

a. Describe the concept of implicit (unconscious) bias

b. Identify a tool for self-assessment for areas of implicit bias

c. Demonstrates strategies for ameliorating the impact of implicit bias

3. Participate in the assessment of the cultural competence of their public health organization

a. Discuss the role of the CLAS Standards in addressing organizational cultural competence

b. Describe approaches to assessing personal cultural competency

c. Describe approaches to assessing organizational cultural competency


Shani Dowd, Director Culture InSight, Harvard Pilgrim Healthcare Foundation

Mitzi Johnson, MD, CEO & Medical Director, Whole Person Health

Kathryn Vezina, RN, MSN, Esq., Associate Executive Director, Hanley Center for Health Leadership