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Webinar: Health Equity – Making Your Health Department More Culturally Competent
April 19 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
The increasingly diverse and multicultural 21st century US population requires health departments to be deliberate when it comes to ensuring their programs, services, practices and policies do not reinforce health inequities and disparities. A “one-size-fits-all” approach to public health is no longer sufficient or acceptable. How can health departments increase organizational cultural competence in order to advance health equity and mitigate the social determinants of health?
During this 90-minute webinar, participants will discuss cultural competence as an important component of successful implementation of public health programming, services, practices and policies, as well as, how it can contribute to the elimination of health disparities existing within populations served by health departments. We will examine the existing sociocultural barriers (organizational, structural, and clinical) in health departments driving disparities in health status and health outcomes. The webinar’s content and dialogue will be guided by the National Standards for Culturally and Linguistically Appropriate Services (CLAS) in Health and Health Care, Human Impact Partners (HIP) recommendations for the Public Health Accreditation Board on Advancing Health Equity in Health Department’s Public Health Practice, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
By the end of this training, participants will be able to:
- Define key terms- health disparity, health equity, social determinants of health, cultural competency, and cultural humility.
- Explain the relationship between health inequities, the social determinants of health, and cultural competency as it relates to health outcomes in their community.
- Identify cultural competency gaps within their organization using the CLAS standards.
- List 2-3 strategies they can take to address organizational cultural competency gaps within their respective health department.