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Session: Cultural Competency and Women's Health
5082.0: Wednesday, November 10, 2004: 8:30 AM-10:00 AM
Cultural Competency and Women's Health
Access to Culturally competent care that respects the culture of the client is limited for many American women and immigrants. Women from minority groups are twice as likely to be uninsured than whites, with much lower rates of private coverage. Achieving and maintaining health requires a regular source of health information, screening and treatment. Access and the utilization of care are essential to reduce mortality and morbidity among racial and ethnic groups. However, access to care remains an issue for some racial and ethnic groups. There is a gap among racial groups in the sources of health care. A regular source of reliable care is needed to prevent, diagnose and treat health problems affecting women. This requires access and consistent utilization of care with a committed culturally competent provider. There is a racial gap in breast cancer screening with mammography between whites and non-whites. Elderly African American women and Latino women are less likely to be screened for breast cancer than white women. African American women are diagnosed with more advanced forms of breast cancer and less likely to be diagnosed with smaller, non-metastatic cancers. Nearly 25% of American women report being raped or physically assaulted at some time in their lifetime. Women are eight times more likely to be victimized by an intimate partner. Health issues of victims of domestic violence include inability to seek care and only half of all victims seek care. Women report that responses from providers can be negative and non-supportive. Provider attitudes about domestic violence may hinder the care of victims and that health care providers have little education about assessing and diagnosing non-obvious victim abuse. Gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered people have reported difficulty in accessing quality health services. Culturally Competent health care providers are necessary to establish partnerships with clients to achieve health goals. This session will explore the need for culturally competent health care providers to ensure that women receive quality health care. The role of diversity in the health and life experiences of women will be explored with examination of choices women make in health providers.
Learning Objectives: 1.Develop an understanding of the role of cultural competence in the delivery of quality women's health care. 2.Recognize the cultural differences that exist among women as consumers of care delivery models. 3.Explore models to determine the health needs and care seeking experiences of women from diverse communities.
Organizer(s):Laurel S. Garzon, DNSc, CPNP
Moderator(s):M. Elizabeth Fore, MEd
8:30 AMEducating Culturally Competent Women's Health Care Providers  [ Recorded presentation ]
Laurel S. Garzon, DNSc, CPNP, Carolyn Rutledge, PhD, Richardean S. Benjamin, RN, MPH, PhD, Stacey B. Plichta, ScD
8:45 AMUsing Standardized Patients to Train and Evaluate Nurse Practitioner Students on Addressing Lesbian Health Issues  [ Recorded presentation ]
Carolyn Rutledge, PhD, Laurel S. Garzon, DNSc, CPNP, Richardean S. Benjamin, RN, MPH, PhD, Stacey B. Plichta, ScD
9:00 AMNurse Practitioner Student Attitudes Towards IPV victims  [ Recorded presentation ]
Stacey B. Plichta, ScD, Ann Marie Kopitzke, MPA, Holly Beard, MPA, Laurel S. Garzon, DNSc, CPNP, Carolyn Rutledge, PhD, Richardean S. Benjamin, RN, MPH, PhD
9:12 AMMother's Perceived Quality of Care by Child Healthcare Providers: An Examination of Cultural Differences
Jenn A. Leiferman, PhD, Justin M. Laird, PhD
9:27 AMSpiritual Diversity in Preganacy  [ Recorded presentation ]
Cindy Little, CWHNP, MSN, Linda Bennington, RN
9:42 AMFocus Groups: A Grassroots Approach to Addressing Health Disparities in Healthcare  [ Recorded presentation ]
Richardean S. Benjamin, RN, MPH, PhD, Laurel S. Garzon, DNSc, CPNP, Carolyn Rutledge, PhD, Stacey B. Plichta, ScD
See individual abstracts for presenting author's disclosure statement and author's information.
Organized by:Women's Caucus
Endorsed by:APHA-Committee on Women's Rights; Alternative and Complementary Health Practices; Community Health Planning and Policy Development; Health Administration; Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Caucus of Public Health Workers; Maternal and Child Health; Public Health Education and Health Promotion; Socialist Caucus
CE Credits:CME, Health Education (CHES), Nursing

The 132nd Annual Meeting (November 6-10, 2004) of APHA