The Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center El Paso Office of Diversity, Inclusion, and Global Health sponsored the 5th Annual Cultural Competence Conference February 26 at the Wyndham Hotel El Paso. The conference focuses on issues related to gender, race, cultural equity, and awareness in both professional education and patient care. The goal of the conference is to provide information that will enhance interpersonal interactions and foster an inclusive environment within our health care systems.
Approximately 120 TTUHSC El Paso faculty, staff, residents, students, and representatives from local community clinics and organizations were in attendance. This year’s conference included the following two tracks: “Obstacles in the Way of Achieving Diversity” and “Emerging Healthcare Needs in Diverse Populations.”
The conference also incorporated a poster session during lunchtime. Eight posters were presented on various research studies pertaining to diversity and cultural competence.
Keynote speaker Camara Jones, M.D., Ph.D., MPH, senior fellow at the Satcher Health Leadership Institute, Morehouse School of Medicine and President Elect of the American Public Health Association, presented on the impact of race and racism in achieving health equity and discussed the basis for health disparities.
Other presentation topics included, “Unconscious Bias, Barriers and Strategies for Achieving Health Equity”; “Obstacles in Achieving Gender Diversity in Academic Medicine”; “Developmental Disabilities and Cultural Competence”; “Perspective from a Patient Living with HIV/AIDS”; and “Healthcare Needs for Unaccompanied Minors.”
A closing plenary session entitled, “Safe Zone LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender) Allies Training Lessons: Learned from Other Institutions,” was presented by Assistant Dean for Diversity and Inclusion and Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine at Rutgers New Jersey Medical School John Paul Sanchez, M.D., MPH. His presentation provided a description of the historical and current climate towards addressing the health needs of LGBT patients, and the role of Safe Zone LGBT Allies Trainings in supporting the LGBT health excellence.
Save the date for the 6th Annual Cultural Competence Conference, which is scheduled for February 24, 2017.