Starting during the Summer on July 13-14, 2023, the Culturally Sensitive Care National Conference was conducted nationwide. In addition, the Smith-Rivers-Downing-Ariyo-Ford-Abraham-Hilaire Emerging Scholars Research Panel and Forum were added to give graduate and undergraduate students an opportunity to present and display their research. Dr. Latecia Abraham-Hilaire is the current Chair of this National Conference. Dr. Cristina Reyes Smith was the founding Chair.
The Medical University of South Carolina embarked on a university-wide Diversity and Inclusion Strategic Plan in 2015. One of the major initiatives of this Plan was around Education and Training. While extensive efforts have been made in this area, feedback from the Fall 2017 MUSC College of Health Professions Diversity and Inclusion Survey and Focus Groups indicated that a need remains for more in-depth and comprehensive content that would be accessible to faculty, staff, and students available to both the University and MUSC Health. Additional feedback included that employees and students saw a need for more in-person offerings, discussion-based/interactive components, certification options, and content that would be easily integrated into traditional and online course settings. The MUSC Culturally Sensitive Care program was developed to address those needs in the Fall of 2018.
This national conference will educate participants in culturally sensitive care approaches, using the framework of the Culturally and Linguistically Appropriate Services (CLAS) Standards , published by the United States Department of Health and Human Services (USDHHS) Office of Minority Health. This year, topics will be primarily related to addressing the healthcare needs of minorities with updates from local, state, and national guest speakers in regards to policies and advocacy. Sessions will also include discussion on health disparities, nutrition and physical activity, racial/ethnic factors, social determinants of health, Environmental Justice, communities in schools, and vulnerable/underserved populations. Course content will be available in-person, including expert lectures and panels, and discussion groups.
For additional information, please contact Dr. Latecia Abraham-Hilaire, Chair, at abrahamL@musc.edu.