CTSI Program Manager Leads National Webinar on Cultural Competency
The services that the Miami CTSI provides to bring cultural and linguistic assistance to the Hispanic/Latino community in Florida were the focus of a Southeastern Health Equity Council (SHEC) webinar on the Hispanic/Latino population on October 13.
SHEC is one of ten Regional Health Equity Councils (RHECs) in the U.S., and together implement the National Partnership for Action to End Health Disparities (NPA) from the Office of Minority Health, Health and Human Services (HHS/OMH). SHEC’s mission is to coordinate efforts in the Southeastern region to achieve health equity through policy changes, effective programs, and greater awareness.
Over 400 individuals from across 44 states, were in attendance to learn more about the growing US Hispanic presence and cultural competent recruitment/retention strategies.
The webinar was presented by Brendaly Rodríguez, MA, program manager for the Miami CTSI Community Engagement and Cultural Diversity Program and Co-President of the Florida Community Health Worker Coalition.
Attendees stated that the seminar, “Helped [them] to understand different cultures [and how] to be able to work with them better.” As well as what they took from the presentation in that, “It was good to hear about concrete examples of strategies [Florida] used when working with Latinos,” in reference to the presented clinical studies that have used Hispanic/Latino sample populations.
The SHEC seminar presentation provided latest Census data on Hispanics/Latinos in the US, the Southeast region, and described the diversity within the Hispanic/Latino community here in South Florida while highlighting research studies that have been conducted with this population under the UHealth System. Notably, the presentation followed a discussion about relevant cultural aspects in health disparities and [their] interventions, with particular attention to integrating community health workers (CHWs)/promotores de salud. These frontline workers are perceived as someone who know the patients, extending the care team to people’s homes and local communities as a culturally and linguistically proficient way to improve their overall health.