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Cultural Competency: Closing the Gap Between Providers and Patients


Rosa Dunkley, MA
Education Coordinator
Culture Connect


Magnolia Coastlands AHEC

Program Description

Culture exists wherever we go; no matter where we are or who we are interacting with, culture has an impact on that exchange. Beyond recognizing the culture we see in other people, it is just as important to understand our own cultural background, the biases we carry with us, and what the implications of those biases and cultural expectations are for our daily interactions. Having a full understanding of how to navigate those implications is called cultural competence.

Join us as we explore what it means to have culture, and how one can take the basic and necessary steps to becoming cultural competent. We will investigate cultural competency through the lens of "power distance," or the power dynamic that exists between a healthcare provider and the patient, and how medical professionals can use cultural competency to enhance their practice.

Learning Objectives

By the end of this webinar, participants will be able to:
- Define cultural competency
- Describe main processes in becoming culturally competent
- Identify the cultural implications of "Power Distance"


On Demand
Original program date: Mar 12, 2015

Technology Requirements

Participants registering for programs should have access to the following technology for best viewing and participation:

  • Personal computer with Macintosh or Windows with 512 MB of RAM
  • Broadband internet connection such as an office LAN, DSL, or cable modem
  • Phone next to personal computer (or speaker phone if multiple people are viewing)
  • Computer speakers (built-in or attached)
  • Latest version of Adobe Flash which can be downloaded for free at Adobe's web site

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Program Keywords

Access to Care, Cultural Competency, Minority Issues/ Health Disparities