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LEXINGTON, Ky. (Aug. 25, 2005) − The University of Kentucky's Area Health Education Center/Health Education Training Center Program will host the 3rd Annual Cultural Competence Conference: Reflections on Race, Ethnicity and Culture Considerations for Health Professionals for over 600 UK health-professions students from noon to 5:45 p.m. Friday, Aug. 26, at the Lexington Convention Center.
UK is the only institution in the United States offering this comprehensive conference to its health professions students. 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. The conference 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.
"We are so pleased to be able to offer this conference for the third year to our entering health professions students from all six colleges," said Mae Marie Quan, associate program director for UK's Health Education Training Center and Area Health Education Center. "The students will be able to apply skills to increase effective communication and understanding among people of different racial, ethnic and cultural backgrounds, as well as understand how subconscious biases could affect the clinical decision-making process and contribute to racial/ethnic disparities in health care."
The keynote address will be given by Dr. Lori Arviso Alvord, associate dean for student affairs and multicultural affairs, Dartmouth University. The topic is Navajo Medicine and Culture: A Model for Creating Healing Environments.
Concurrent sessions will be held following the address. They include: Changing Kentucky Realities: Implications for Health Care; Recognizing and Integrating Diversity's Dimensions into Patient/Provider Relationships: Challenges and Opportunities; A Long and Winding Road: An Appalachian Mosaic; Dimensions of Healing: Complimentary and Alternative Medicine; Subconscious Bias: How What We Don't Know Can Hurt Patients; and Creating Models to Address Disparities.
The closing plenary session will be presented by Dr. Danielle Ofri, assistant professor of medicine, New York University, and co-founder and editor-in-chief of the Literary Review. The topic is Singular Intimacies: Using Literature to Bridge the Cultural Gap.