Area Health Education Center offers free online cultural humility training
Healthcare professionals will increase intercultural communication skills
Bellingham, Wash. – On Thursday, May 17, the Area Health Education Center for Western Washington (AHECWW), housed at Whatcom Community College, will host Cultural Humility for Healthcare Professionals, a free two-hour online class.
Communication between healthcare providers and patients can be less effective when patient and provider have different cultural backgrounds. With this training, participants will come away with knowledge about different cultural perspectives, skills for culturally appropriate interactions, and greater self-awareness of their own cultural heritage and its influence on attitudes, beliefs and assumptions.
Presenter Dr. Carlos Mejia Rodriguez was born in Honduras and practiced there as a physician in the private and public sectors for 17 years. His focus is on children and families, indigenous groups, miners, farmworkers, and rural low-income neighborhoods. Since moving to the U.S. in 2002, Dr. Mejia Rodriguez has served as an adviser to the board of Shelbyville Free Clinic.
The class, which is being offered in collaboration with the Washington Healthcare Access Alliance, is approved for continuing education credits for social workers, health professions, nurses and physicians. The class meets the culturally and linguistically appropriate standards requirements for continuing education in clinical practice.
The Area Health Education Center for Western Washington (AHECWW) works with regional partners to strengthen healthcare for the medically underserved by improving the quality and access for residents of rural communities. AHECWW provides connections, support, and accessible professional development to healthcare students and health professionals from diverse backgrounds and those working in rural and underserved areas. The federal AHEC program was developed in Congress in 1971, and AHECWW was re-established at Whatcom Community College in Bellingham, WA in 2017. AHECWW is supported by grant funding from the Washington State Department of Health and the University of Washington through the federal Health Resources and Services Administration.
Whatcom Community College is a regionally and nationally accredited college with an accomplished faculty and staff who serve 11,000 students annually. The College works closely with industry to prepare graduates to excel in their fields and meet emerging business trends. On its campus in Bellingham, Wash., and through online courses, Whatcom offers a four-year bachelor of applied science, transfer and professional-technical degrees, as well as basic education, job skills training, and community education classes. For more information, visit whatcom.edu.
Marisa Ellis, Whatcom Community College PIO, 360.383.3310, firstname.lastname@example.org