254079 Addressing the Challenge: Cultural Respect - Part 2

Monday, October 31, 2011: 10:30 AM

Carol Easley Allen, PhD, RN , Department of Nursing, Oakwood College, Huntsville, AL
The Public Health Nursing Section of the American Public Health Association recognizes that social, economic, educational, health inequities and lack of opportunities continue to have a significant effect on the health of many people from economically and politically marginalized communities across the US. Moreover, poor people and people of color also tend to experience greater health risk in their environment because they live in unhealthy communities that often lack basic infrastructure services and experience deficiencies in health service delivery. The underserved and poor live in environments that are toxic to their physical, mental, and spiritual health and are cared for by health care providers that look less and less like the people they care for. Critical to addressing these inequities is that public health professionals are skilled in recognizing and addressing the factors that affect their success in working effectively with both colleagues and populations that differ from them ethnically and culturally. This session will focus on important challenges and opportunities to improve health disparities in our nation by examining and reflecting on the historical context of racism in the US, internalized racism, and attitudes of privilege projected by public health providers and institutions caring for poor and vulnerable populations across our nation. We will begin a dialogue to address these issues using a variety of interactive exercises designed to increase awareness of our individual attitudes about difference, examination of how we present ourselves to others, and development of strategies for more respectful and effective communication and interaction.

Learning Areas:
Planning of health education strategies, interventions, and programs
Public health or related public policy

Learning Objectives:
Identify several key factors related to institutionalized racism, inequities in health, economic, educational, and social improvement for poor and underserved population. Describe critical elements of institutional racism, internalized racism, and privilege and health disparities. Differentiate the role of concordance and reflective practice in addressing internalized racism and health disparities. Identify strategies to bring about trust, relationship and coalition building to improve health opportunities and reduce disparities. Demonstrate an appreciation of cultural diversity into public health practice. Define ways to bring about change in public health practice for assurance of improved health and social justice for all populations.

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: Many years of teaching this content at graduate and undergraduate levels of nursing education. Publications, presentations, and consultation on this topic.
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.