Improving Behavioral Health Equity for Pregnant Women, Mothers and their Babies

For 25 years, Healthy Start staff have been making mothers and babies a priority. Pregnant women are getting care earlier and fewer babies are dying. However, we now have a serious and growing problem with substance use and depression during pregnancy, newborns dependent on opioids and other substances, and significant differences in health conditions and treatment across populations. Together, we can strengthen the behavioral health of women and their families, and do more to address mental health and substance use in ways that respond to the needs of culturally diverse communities.

Healthy Start has always worked hard to screen and refer women and their families, but with challenges related to substance use and depression, we need new, more comprehensive, and more relevant strategies and solutions. Healthy Start programs have an opportunity to identify strategies and supports that address the needs of culturally diverse communities to prevent and treat life-threatening mental health and substance use disorders. As part of Healthy Start, you can be an important part of a new trend of fewer substance-exposed newborns, fewer pregnant women who use substances, and more women receiving much-needed mental health care during and after pregnancy.

Join us as we learn together about what can make it difficult for pregnant women and their families to be as healthy as possible, how you can help address obstacles and challenges that can mean unfair and unequal care for different populations, and about other considerations that can help you as you support children and families.

Presenters will actively engage participants throughout the webinar. They will also include current examples from culturally diverse populations, such as Tribal, Latinx, and African American communities to keep the discussion relevant to communities where Healthy Start staff and families live, work, and play.

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Alcohol/Drug Services Depression Health Equity

Cultural Competence and Global Leadership

This program is targeted to a public health audience and covers some key definitions and concepts included in the Cultural Competence Continuum. It looks at changes in demographics and what it means in terms of health disparities for racial and ethnic minority populations. The program discusses the rationale for cultural competence and reviews research conducted during the last 30 years on cultural differences and global leadership. Participants will learn about:

Learning Objectives:

  1. Cultural Competence
  2. Changes in Demographics
  3. Health Disparities
  4. Rational for Cultural Competence
  5. Cultural Intelligence
  6. Intercultural Conflict Style and Strategies

Community Needs Assessment Cultural Competence Data Utilization Health Equity

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.

Cultural Competence Health Equity

Diversity and Cultural Competency in Public Health Settings – Basic Level

The purpose of this course is to provide public health practitioners with the awareness and knowledge to incorporate diversity and cultural competency concepts, tools, and techniques into their daily work. It is expected that by the end of this course that each participant will be conversant in issues related to culture and health, health disparities, and community health models designed to close the gap in health disparities.

Learning Objectives:

  1. To describe the demographic trends and epidemiological trends related to diverse populations in the United States and abroad
  2. To compare and contrast diversity and cultural competency in the public health context
  3. To identify a framework to design culturally competent public health care services for diverse populations

Cultural Competence Health Equity Strategic Planning

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