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Course Overview

Cultural competency has never been more relevant to healthcare practitioners than it is today. Considering the cultural beliefs, habits, customs, and practices of people from different ethnic backgrounds is vital to not only effective communication, but also effective healthcare. The delivery of culturally competent care is essential to ensure positive healthcare outcomes and reduce health disparities. This course will focus on cultural competency at the practitioner level and will increase awareness and knowledge of cultural health beliefs, traditions, foods, and food habits of various cultures. Each chapter of this course will discuss the health needs of people from different cultures supported by research. Practical information is provided for the application of the principles covered in the course including suggested communication strategies for each cultural group.

About the Course Author

Carol Ann Brannon, RDN, MS, LD, is in private practice in the northeast metro-Atlanta area of Georgia. Carol Ann Brannon, RDN, MS, LD has declared that no conflict of interest, Relevant Financial Relationship or Relevant Non-Financial Relationship exists.
Jennifer Koslo, PhD, RDN, CSSD, ACE-CPT, is an adjunct nutrition professor, writer, and private-practice dietitian who specializes in sports nutrition. She has more than 20 years of progressive experience in the fields of nutrition, fitness, wellness, public health, and education in the United States as well as overseas. She provides individualized nutrition coaching for clients, conducts nutrition assessments (including health, medical, food, and exercise history) and then creates individualized nutrition and exercise plans, menus, and client-tailored resources. Jennifer Koslo, PhD, RDN, CSSD, ACE-CPT has declared that no conflict of interest, Relevant Financial Relationship or Relevant Non-Financial Relationship exists.

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Accreditation Information

Certificates provided by accrediting body (4 Match)

  • Association of Nutrition and Foodservice Professionals


    This program is approved for 8.0 hours by the Dietary Managers Association. Approval code 166197.

  • Commission on Dietetic Registration


    As a Jointly Accredited organization, Relias LLC is accredited to offer dietetic continuing education by the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR). The CDR is an associate member of Joint Accreditation for Interprofessional Continuing Education.

  • Florida Council of Dietetics and Nutrition


    Florida Council of Dietetics and Nutrition accepts medical errors courses approved by any Board within the Division of Medical Quality Assurance of the Florida Department of Health. Relias Learning, LLC is an approved provider of continuing education in nursing by the Florida Department of Health, Board of Nursing, provider # 50-290. This course is approved for 8.0 contact hours.
  • Certified Health Education Specialist


    Sponsored by Relias LLC, 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 8.0 total Category I continuing education contact hours.

Course Details
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  • Learning Objectives:

    Compare the differences in census, morbidity, and mortality data between the most prominent immigrant groups in the United States.; Define the terms culture, diversity, multiculturalism, cultural blindness, cultural sensitivity, health disparities, and cultural competency.; Demonstrate an understanding of the roles and responsibilities of nutrition professionals in cultural competency and effective communication.; Describe and distinguish the concepts of generalizations, stereotyping, and intra-ethnic variation.; Discuss, compare, and contrast Anglo-American and traditional cultural values and attributes.; Explain the value and importance of integrating cultural competency in the education and training of health professionals as well as developing individual and organizational cultural competency.; Explain why cultural values, more than income or race, can determine the quality of healthcare an individual receives.; Identify 3 concrete strategies for incorporating cultural competence into training and education of students, interns, and/or colleagues.; Identify at least 5 food-related behaviors or beliefs commonly associated with each ethnic group discussed and structure nutrition interventions to meet their needs.; List at least 5 foods and 2 cooking methods prevalent in each culture discussed in the course.
  • Target Audience:

    The target audience for this course is: Health Educators; Level II level Dietitians.
  • Course Delivery Method and Format:

    Asynchronous/Online Distance Learning; please see certificate details for specifics on delivery format.
    Relias has a grievance policy in place to facilitate reports of dissatisfaction. Relias will make every effort to resolve each grievance in a mutually satisfactory manner. In order to report a complaint or grievance please contact Relias.
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    All courses offered by Relias, LLC are developed from a foundation of diversity, inclusiveness, and a multicultural perspective. Knowledge, values and awareness related to cultural competency are infused throughout the course content.
    Reference herein to any specific commercial product, process, or service by trade name, trademark, service mark, manufacturer or otherwise does not constitute or imply any endorsement, recommendation, or favoring of, or affiliation with, Relias, LLC.
    All characteristics and organizations referenced in the following training are fictional. Any resemblance to any actual organizations or persons living or dead, is purely coincidental.
    To earn continuing education credit for this course you must achieve a passing score of 80% on the post-test and complete the course evaluation.
  • Accommodations:

    If you require special accommodations to complete this module, please contact Relias Customer Support here.
  • Disclosures:

    Expert Reviewers, Instructors, and Staff Writers disclosures will be listed above after the individuals' biographical paragraph. All other members involved within the planning of this educational activity have declared no conflict of interest exists when planning and developing this course.