Cultural Competency Training for Healthcare Providers to Improve African Immigrant & Refugee Health
Many healthcare providers who work with African immigrants experience challenges when delivering care to this community, including identifying appropriate resources and understanding the cultural needs of their patients. Several policies exist to encourage the culturally competent delivery of healthcare, including healthcare reform. The Center for Health Equity and Wellness developed Project BEAT IT! (Becoming Empowered Africans through Improved Treatment of Diabetes, Hepatitis B, and HIV/AIDS) to improve culturally competent communication for healthcare providers with African-born patients. The project promotes improvements in disease self-management for African immigrant and refugee patients and trains healthcare providers on delivering culturally appropriate care.
Learning Areas:Advocacy for health and health education
Diversity and culture
Planning of health education strategies, interventions, and programs
Public health or related education
Public health or related research
Describe the unique health challenges of African immigrant and refugee populations in the United States. Discuss existing policies regarding culturally competent care education among healthcare providers. Analyze measured behavioral outcomes for healthcare providers participating in cultural competency training sessions associated with this research activity.
Keyword(s): Cultural Competency, Underserved Populations
Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I possess over 10 years of experience working with underserved communities and directing health promotion and education research activities in chronic and infectious diseases. Last November, I presented preliminary research data on the proposed abstract initiative at the APHA 141st Annual Meeting and Expo in Boston, MA. Earlier this year, I was interviewed by Feature Story News as an expert on African immigrant and refugee health.
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.