UK Hosts Annual Cultural Competence Conference
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LEXINGTON, Ky. (July 29, 2009) - The University of Kentucky Area Health Education Center (UK AHEC) will host the seventh Annual Cultural Competence Conference for Students for over 600 UK health professions students Aug. 28 at the UK Student Center.
"We have been national leaders in this area and were the first in the country to do a large, interdisciplinary conference for health professions students in the area of cultural competence," said James C. Norton, associate dean for AHEC and Community Outreach, UK College of Medicine.
Norton said the success of the conference has been so rewarding to health professions students that other institutions have adopted the model. The conference was initiated to mark the beginning of a lifelong journey of awareness and examination of cultural issues in each student’s professional career. It serves as a cornerstone for a learning process through which students will acquire knowledge and skills related to cultural competence in courses, symposia, experiential activities and life experiences.
The keynote address will be given by Roberto Dansie, a clinical psychologist who is internationally recognized as an eloquent and accessible contemporary authority on cultural diversity. He founded his company, Cultural Wisdom, in 1998.
Concurrent sessions following the keynote include: the Culture of Disability; Subconscious Bias: Implications for Health Care; the Culture of Poverty; Aging as a Cultural Construct: Panel of Elders; Perspectives of International Students; and Cultural Competence: Focus on Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgendered.
For more information about the conference, call Carlos Marin at 859-323-8018.