Jan 29, 2015
Cultural Competence

One session not to be missed is called “Culturally Competent Care in Athletic Training: Practical Strategies for Addressing Cultural Competence in Education and Clinical Practice.” The session will be presented by the NATA Ethnic Diversity Advisory Committee, including Jeremy Marra, MS, ATC, from the University of Michigan and Renee Branch Canady, PhD, of the Michigan Association for Local Public Health. Marra explains what will be covered in the session here.

Access to affordable, quality healthcare that is culturally and linguistically relevant is an important priority in current healthcare initiatives across this county. According to 2006-2008 United States Census Bureau statistics, roughly 40 percent of the American population self-selects as affiliating with a “minority” group. Given the diversity of this nation, it is virtually impossible for athletic trainers not to come in contact with individuals who are culturally, racially, or ethnically different from themselves during the course of their practice.

The patients they provide care to who are from different cultures will frequently have varying perspectives and beliefs on healthcare. Cultural competence is an important aspect of the clinical practice and education of athletic training. Participants attending this session will be introduced to or extend their knowledge of cultural competence as a key strategy in the provision of quality care.

This interactive session will frame a justification for applying this critical content by presenting findings from a national research project by the presenters, which investigated cultural competence among athletic trainers. The session will introduce methods of assessing the cultural competence among athletic trainers and their respective athletic training organization.

In addition, the session will present important considerations on how to integrate cultural competence into the educational curriculum of athletic trainers. What we say, do, and teach as related to cultural competence and athletic trainers will serve as the foundation for this engaging session.

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