142nd APHA Annual Meeting and Exposition

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Addressing Oral-Systemic Health Inequities in Native Americans: A Call to Action

142nd APHA Annual Meeting and Exposition (November 15 - November 19, 2014): http://www.apha.org/events-and-meetings/annual
Tuesday, November 18, 2014 : 11:10 AM - 11:30 AM

Maria Dolce, PhD, RN, CNE , School of Nursing, Northeastern University, Boston, MA
Eileen Wuerthele, BS, RN , School of Nursing, Northeastern University, Boston, MA
Oral-systemic health inequities are profound for vulnerable, underserved populations particularly Native American communities. Promoting better health outcomes for Native Americans requires a healthcare workforce with cultural competency to collaborate with special populations to improve health. Health professions education must include Native American history, culture, conceptions of health, and principles of self-determination to deliver culturally sensitive care and promote health equity. Bouvé College of Health Sciences at Northeastern University responded to this challenge by designing an interprofessional health sciences course where students across health professions learn about, from, and with each other to improve oral-systemic health outcomes for local American Indian communities. The purpose of this session is to present an interprofessional curriculum tailored for health professions students to promote health equity for American Indian populations. Curricular innovations include simulation-learning, community service-learning, collaborative team-based projects, and cross-cultural conversations. A variety of American Indian resources are used to explore the intersection of culture and oral-systemic health. Student learning outcomes are achieved through experiential learning, community engagement, and reflection on practice. Outcomes include specially tailored interventions to address health, education, and research needs of local Native Americans. Interprofessional learner engagement and cross-cultural exchanges with local Native Americans are effective strategies to prepare the current healthcare workforce with the competencies to address oral-systemic health inequities for Native Americans. Curriculum should be tailored to the unique history, culture and health needs of American Indian communities.

Learning Areas:

Advocacy for health and health education
Assessment of individual and community needs for health education
Diversity and culture
Implementation of health education strategies, interventions and programs
Planning of health education strategies, interventions, and programs
Public health or related education

Learning Objectives:
Describe interprofessional teaching-learning strategies to enhance the development of cultural humility and competencies to provide culturally safe, patient- and population-centered health care

Keyword(s): Native Americans, Health Disparities/Inequities

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I am currently a graduate teaching assistant working under a principal of a DentaQuest grant focusing on the advancement of interprofessional oral health education. Among my scientific interests has been the development of strategies for delivering quality oral health care to underserved populations.
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.