Learn how beliefs, cultures and ethnic practices can influence health behavior and health status.
One of the biggest challenges in healthcare is providing culturally competent care to diverse populations. The US birthing population is changing, with communities of color having higher birth rates and disproportionately higher rates of infant and maternal mortality. There is an increased number of pregnant immigrants and refugee women, same-sex couples, and transgender people seeking maternity care services in the 21st century. Successfully delivering maternity care in a manner that resonates with the client/patient, affirms their worth and preserves their dignity is improved with cross-cultural knowledge.
Cross-cultural training is critical in preparing maternity care providers to meet the health needs of diverse populations; improving provider-patient communication, eliminating pervasive racial/ethnic disparities in medical care and understanding of cultural belief systems of patients that assist or hinder effective health care delivery.
“No individual is a stereotype of one’s culture of origin, but rather a unique blend of the diversity found within each culture, a unique accumulation of life experiences, and the process of acculturation to other cultures.”(1)
Culturally and ethnically relevant care should be available to all patients and the ability to provide such care is directly influenced by the ability to communicate cross-culturally. Conducting a cultural assessment with each patient prior to delivery of care is integral and this occurs with cross-cultural knowledge.
This webinar will discuss the concept of cultural competence in maternal and child health; and will address the issue of cultural competency and the correlation between providing culturally competent care and cross-cultural knowledge with people from different cultures to improve the birth experience.
During this live webinar, participants will:
- Steps to achieving cross-cultural knowledge
- Birth practices and beliefs of ethnic groups with greater health disparities
- Benefits of expanding your cultural repertoire
- Key areas impacting the ability to manage cross-cultural interaction
About the presenter: Shafia M. Monroe is a veteran midwife, a doula trainer, and a Master of Public Health. She is a DELTA Graduate – Developing Equity Leadership through Training and Action for culturally competent health care, public health, and community-specific cultural consideration in service delivery. And she is a member of the Oregon Health Authority, Office of Equity and Inclusion, Cultural Competency Continuing Education Advisory Committee, providing advice for trainings for licensed health care professionals. In 2011, she created a cultural specific training to enhance skills for working with diverse populations in maternal and child health. Monroe has been training diverse population in public health, midwifery and doula care for over 20-years. Her work has helped to improve birth outcomes in communities of color, low-income and immigrant communities. Learn More
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