We live in an increasingly global society where cultural diversity predominates. It is not enough to simply recognize cultural diversity. The goal of each healthcare professional, as well as every healthcare organization, should be to become culturally competent. Cultural competency, as related to healthcare and health education, is the ability to understand and respond effectively to the cultural and linguistic needs of patients or clients. The development of cultural competency is a process that occurs along a continuum.
The purpose of this continuing education program is to motivate dietitians, dietary managers, fitness professionals, health educators, occupational therapists and social workers to take steps toward developing cultural sensitivity and competency. After studying the material presented here, you will be able to:
- Explain the value and importance of integrating cultural competency in the educations and training of healthcare professionals as well as developing individual and organizational cultural competency
- Discuss the six progressive steps of the Cultural Competency Continuum
Explain why cultural values, more than income or race, can determine the quality of healthcare a patient receives
This course is intended for an interprofessional audience, including dietitians, health educators, and fitness professionals.
Health educators: Take this version of the course to ensure you receive appropriate credit.
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Sponsored by OnCourse Learning, a designated provider of continuing education contact hours (CECH) in health education by the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing, Inc. This program is designated for Certified Health Education Specialists (CHES) and/or Master Certified Health Education Specialists (MCHES) to receive up to 3.0 total Category I continuing education contact hours.
Provider ID: CA0084 (98709) for 01/01/2012 to 12/31/2015, 114941 for 01/01/2016 to 12/31/2019.
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Unless stated above, the planners and authors of this course have declared no relevant conflicts of interest that relate to this educational activity. OnCourse Learning guarantees this educational activity is free from bias.
Please see CE Course Instructions to learn how to earn CE credit for this module.