Working With Diverse Populations in Maternal and Child Health
Culture influences an individual’s health beliefs, practices, behaviors, and even the outcome of medical treatments. It's important that healthcare professionals expand their cultural understanding and strive to become culturally competent.
A culturally competent health care professional can respond respectfully and effectively to people of all cultures, in a manner that affirms the worth and preserves the dignity of individuals, families and communities. This is essential for the optimal delivery of care in Maternal and Child Health.
To become culturally competent, one must challenge their comfort level by thinking critically about issues of power and oppression and advocating for systemic change for inclusion of all. Participants will learn the core principle of cultural competency and how to implement best practices to improve maternal and child health, for better birth outcomes when working with diverse populations.
Core Competency Development
DELIVERY OF CARE
Are culturally and linguistically appropriate and competent services, programs and interventions available in the communities you serve? Are such services, programs and interventions meeting the needs of the community of interest?
Develop an understanding of cultural values and beliefs and its impact on health and health care delivery by first understanding your own.
Discuss and understand the importance of providing information, referrals and services in the language appropriate to the client as well as the provision of interpreters when needed.
Learn how beliefs, cultures and ethnic practices can influence health behavior and health status.
Increase skill set to include advocacy for public policies and programs that promote and support culturally and linguistically responsive services and the inclusion, representation and participation of individuals who reflect the diversity of our communities.