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Cultural Competency Training

Working With Diverse Populations in Maternal and Child Health


This training is for health care professionals, doulas, community health workers and interested persons, who seek to learn cultural competency in a manner that preserves the dignity of individuals, families and communities, and examine the issues of power and oppression to create systemic change for improved maternity care. Read More…


The training is built on theory and practices from Columbia University Medical Center Curriculum Committee on Cultural Competency, Virginia Mentoring Partnership Program, National Standards for Culturally and Linguistically Appropriate Services (CLAS) in Health and Health Care, and Oregon Health Authority, Office of Equity and Inclusion’s, Cultural Competency Continuing Education Advisory Committee, and experience with diverse populations in maternal and child health.

Oregon Health Authority Approved (OHA)

SMC cultural competency training is an approved resource for improving cultural competency for regulated health care professionals in Oregon. The training is acknowledged by the Oregon Health Authority to train: Massage Therapist, Midwife, Naturopathic Doctor, Nurse, Nursing Board Administrator, Physician (MD/DO), and Social Worker.   The approved training is: Working with Diverse Populations in Maternal and Child Health.

Download the Cultural Competency Training Overview (PDF) to read about Goals and Objectives, SMC’s Training Model, the Benefits of Cultural Competency and CEU’s.

Next Training

Date: February 27, 2020
Time: 10:00am – 5:30pm 
Cost: $200.00
Location: Holiday Inn Express Portland East Troutdale,  477 NW Phoenix Dr., Troutdale, OR 97060 United States (USA)

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Cultural Competency Training

Cultural Competency Training

Why Become Culturally Competent?

Culture influences an individual’s health beliefs, practices, behaviors, and even the outcome of medical treatments. It’s important that health care professionals expand their cultural understanding and strive to become culturally competent.

A culturally competent health care professional can respond respectfully and effectively to people of all cultures, in a manner that affirms the worth and preserves the dignity of individuals, families, and communities. This is essential for the optimal delivery of care in Maternal and Child Health.

To become culturally competent, one must challenge their comfort level by thinking critically about issues of power and oppression and advocating for systemic change for inclusion of all. Participants will learn the core principle of cultural competency and how to implement best practices to improve maternal and child health, for better birth outcomes when working with diverse populations.

Core Competency Development


Develop an understanding of cultural values and beliefs and their impact on health and health care delivery by first understanding your own.

Cross-Cultural Knowledge

Learn how beliefs, cultures, and ethnic practices can influence health behavior and health status.

Health Literacy

Discuss and understand the importance of providing information, referrals, and services in the language appropriate to the client, as well as the provision of interpreters when needed.

Delivery of Care

Learn to provide culturally and linguistically appropriate and competent services, programs, and interventions that meet the needs of the community of interest, and identify resources for diverse populations.


Increase skill set to include advocacy for public policies and programs that promote and support culturally and linguistically responsive services and the inclusion, representation, and participation of individuals who reflect the diversity of our communities.

We live in an ever-changing world, and learning to be culturally competent is a requirement for professional development and for customer satisfaction.

Shafia M. Monroe, DEM, CDT, MPH

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Shafia M. Monroe, DEM. CDT, MPH
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