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Enhancing cultural competence to address healthcare disparities in Latino communities

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Course Description
One strategy to eliminate healthcare disparities for Latinos is influencing the higher education curriculum to enhance the cultural competence of students in health professions. This helps prepare future healthcare providers to overcome cultural barriers known to contribute to Latino's healthcare underutilization, deferral, and low patient treatment compliance. This presentation describes the development and pilot testing of a culture immersion program in a rural Latino community as part of an NIH funded project. Faculty from a northeastern university and community leaders partnered to work collaboratively. Graduate students moved for a short time from their cities of residence to live with Latino families, visit healthcare organizations, and participate in community activities. Participants observed, learned, shared, and exchanged information focusing on what shapes Latinos health beliefs, practices, and help seeking preferences. Students could critically analyze their own biases, prejudices, stereotypes, and clinical uncertainties with regard to Latinos within the context of this population's ethnic reality. Pre and post questionnaires indicated personal and professional satisfaction through exposure to Latino language, family and social life, food and customs. Participants developed a deeper understanding of Latino cultural traits such as familism, simpatia, and collectivism, becoming acutely aware of personal and systemic barriers underlying healthcare disparities. The success of this pilot project was largely due to effective community-academic partnership and collaboration. This experiential learning will be presented within the context of relevant literature. References will be provided. Implications of cultural competency in the workforce to eliminate health disparities through health education and health promotion will be discussed.

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Target Audience
Public health professionals and students seeking to enhance their cultural competence in order to address healthcare disparities in latino communities

Learning Objectives
Upon completion of this course, the learner will be able to:

  1. List essential components of a successful Latino culture immersion program for students in the healthcare professions.
  2. Describe how familiarity with the cultural traits of familism, simpatia, and collectivism may improve the effectiveness of healthcare education and promotion strategies.
  3. Describe 3 systemic barriers to Latinos healthcare education and promotion in rural communities.
  4. List 3 strategies for effective academic-community partnerships and collaboration for culturally immersion programs.

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