Cultural Diversity, Health Disparities and Public Health
A primary aim of this course is to provide public health professionals with a broad overview of cultural diversity issues with a focus on race/ethnicity and gender. Health disparities, a major public health problem of interest, is discussed using cultural diversity as the conceptual framework for thinking about the role of the public health community and health policy solutions for addressing these issues. As a part of this process, course participants are exposed to introductory cultural diversity concepts. In addition, participants also have an opportunity to engage in critical thinking regarding the current social and health problems that impact the public's health, particularly racial minorities.
Academic Faculty/Staff, Federal Government Employees, State Government Employees, Local Government Employees, Non-Government Employees and Students
- Acquire an introductory knowledge of cultural diversity terminology and concepts
- Apply concepts on cultural diversity to the public health problem of health disparities
- Identify potential social, political and economic determinants of health disparities for culturally diverse population groups
- Identify and clarify the role of the public health community in addressing health disparities
Lisa C. Gary, PhD
Senior Study Director, Westat
Lisa C. Gary, Ph.D. is an epidemiologist and Senior Study Director with more than 15 years of experience in health disparities research, epidemiologic methods, health services research, and health policy. At Westat, she is a senior researcher on a study of performance measurement in community care collaboration models and a project on patient-centered care interventions using evidence-based practices to reduce racial disparities in diabetes, obesity, and cardiovascular disease. In previous work at the University of Alabama, Birmingham, Dr. Gary was an assistant professor in the Department of Health Care Organization and Policy and an associate scientist at the Center for Outcomes and Effectiveness Research and Education. Her research has focused on disparities in health care quality for vulnerable populations according to race/ethnicity, age, or chronic illness; patient-reported measures of quality; comparative effectiveness research in community settings; and health services research methods. In addition, Dr. Gary supported research in health policy and epidemiology at the Yale School of Public Health; University of Michigan Medical Center; the University of Natal in Durban, South Africa; and Howard University College of Medicine. She is an active member of the American Public Health Association and AcademyHealth, serving on the Disparities Interest Group National Advisory Committee. She has authored numerous peer-reviewed publications and presentations.
- 2.00 Participation/CETulane Professional and Continuing Education (PaCE) awards 2.00 hour(s) of credit for completing Cultural Diversity, Health Disparities and Public Health
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