245682 Ethnic Health Professional Organization database development determines capacity to integrate multilevel approaches for intercultural competency in Miami-Dade County institutions

Monday, October 31, 2011: 5:30 PM

Frank Zadravecz Jr., MPH Candidate , Department of Epidemiology, Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health, New York, NY
A 2009 study of institutional cultural competency in Miami, Florida, documented the current lack of knowledge on the functions of Ethnic Health Professional Organizations as public health advocates. This study determines the capacity that Ethnic Health Professional Organizations have, through consultant positions in county-level health structures, to impact institutional intercultural competency in healthcare delivery and management in a scalable model, nationally. These propositions aim to facilitate improvements of the access within ethnic and immigrant populations to established local healthcare and assimilation services. Established through organizational questionnaires, a comprehensive database of these professional organizations operating within South Florida is presented, alongside a theoretical proposal for public health service restructuring to optimize competency. Upon data collection, response themes were qualified and structural integration points were proposed according to a health and social impact assessment framework. Advocating for the pivotal role of public health agencies in the delivery of competent community health services, the US National CLAS standards explicitly provide structural recommendations for the development of external relationships to facilitate cultural and linguistic appropriate healthcare settings. Accordingly, public health agency compliance with competency standards can be aided through health professional organization services, including (1) assessments of cultural competency indicators, (2) consultant positions for health advocacy and policy, and (3) collaborations establishing community-wide education and training in culturally and linguistically competent health care for racial and ethnic minorities.

Learning Areas:
Diversity and culture
Other professions or practice related to public health
Program planning
Provision of health care to the public
Public health or related organizational policy, standards, or other guidelines
Systems thinking models (conceptual and theoretical models), applications related to public health

Learning Objectives:
Identify the integrative competency roles of Ethnic Health Professional Organizations. Formulate public health service structural designs to optimize competency. Evaluate county-level health climates to competency-consultation.

Keywords: Community Collaboration, Cultural Competency

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: The research I am presenting on was accepted by the University of Miami in completion of my undergraduate training thesis as my individual work. The surveys were adapted and administered by myself personally, as well as all research analyses and conclusions.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.