Cultural Competency in Health Care: Empowering Health Care Trainees and Professionals

The empowerment message in Garner’s story also motivates various learners who seek to gain confidence/competence as health advocates. Understanding cultural heritage/ identities as an asset in providing quality health care is a message that is especially well conveyed in interdisciplinary contexts.

Empowering students training as health professionals to become effective advocates for their patients; their patients becoming better advocates for themselves will help to reduce health care disparities overall. Especially applicable to Interprofessional Education (IPE) training.


Presentation/Workshop Titles

Cultural Competency for Today’s Nurses & Other Health Care Providers

Supplements undergraduate and graduate courses on community health, beginning and advanced clinical practice and health education. Provides an overview of cultural competency theoretical models, hidden bias, privilege, cultural diversity and their impacts on health care. Women’s resistance to both contemporary and historic enslavement provides the foundation for an informed conversation around overcoming disparities in access to health care.

Photo0086Historic Remedies:  Empowering Health Professions Students and Underserved Communities through Lessons from the Past

As part of our historical legacy, African American women were excluded and/or exploited within the health care system.  Yet, the stories, such as that of Margaret Garner during the brutal enslavement era, and other women of color in contemporary settings, offer powerful examples of women’s resistance to sexual violence, exploitation and rape that will empower both new and emerging health care providers and their clients.

Empowering Students, Patients & Ourselves: The Legacy of Margaret Garner

Self-authorship and resistance to subjugation in the past and present by women of color is applicable to training students to become more effective advocates for themselves and their patients. Students apply the legacy to their own challenges for success in health care training programs. Target audiences: underserved communities of color; and health professions students, especially those in Interprofessional Education (IPE).