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