Striving for Inclusive Excellence: Empowering the School of Podiatric Medicine to work more effectively with underrepresented communities.
In partnership with the United Way, the Barry University School of Podiatric Medicine seeks to improve underserved communities by reducing health disparities and providing health education. The long-term goal of this special training is to ensure cultural sensitivity when dealing with underserved communities to understand the diverse beliefs, values, and practices of patients from different cultural backgrounds.
Paving the Way
The training teaches students and practitioners to be culturally sensitive and better understand and respect their patients' cultural perspectives, which can lead to better communication, improved trust, and more effective care. Which includes being aware of cultural differences in attitudes towards illness, health beliefs, and communication styles, as well as recognizing the impact of language barriers and cultural biases. By embracing cultural sensitivity, healthcare providers can help to create a welcoming and inclusive environment that is respectful of all patients and promotes better health outcomes for all.
The research, training, and evaluations were provided by Dr. Pamela Hall with the aid of two Graduate Research Assistants, Latisha Robinson and Susel Terrero-Rodriguez. The training coordinator for the School of Podiatry was provided by Dr. Shanika Hill.
To the people who made this important training possible as well as to Dr. Rob Snyder, Dean, Steven Becker, Clinics Administrator, Sandra Rampersad, Director of Continuing Education and Vanessa Pedrianes, Operations Manager.