This poster presentation highlights innovations and specific SGEC tools incorporated at each institution. Examples of innovations include: incorporating an ethnogeriatric assessment (Cohort Analysis) into a social work gerontology course to increase family communication and awareness of health risks; developing culturally specific interpreter scenario’s to strengthen nursing students’ competence in communicating with culturally and linguistically diverse older adults; using a cultural self-assessment survey in a geriatric pharmacotherapy course to increase awareness of different health belief systems related to medication use; creating a continuing education program for registered nurses that highlights health literacy communication strategies for culturally diverse older adults; implementing a professional development session for pharmacy faculty and preceptors to improve communication strategies when working with low health literacy patients; developing culturally appropriate health information to increase awareness of depression in Vietnamese Americans.
After piloting the projects at each institution, the faculty reported positive outcomes related to feasibility of incorporating ethnogeriatric strategies and principles into their teaching. In addition, several reported changes in knowledge, attitudes and behaviors of participants toward diverse older adults after the SGEC-FDPE activities. The results of implementing the activities have not been fully evaluated at each institution, but based on the preliminary results the interventions have the potential to be used as a model for other institutions. Future research should focus on measuring the impact of these innovative methodologies on the curriculum, students, healthcare professionals and impact on the care of culturally diverse older adults.
Presentation Information:Program: Poster Presentations (Main Conference)
Primary Category: Cultural Competence Training
Subtopics: Health professions school programs, Curricula development, Assessing learning/performance on cultural competence/disparity reduction
Region Addressed by Presentation: National
Organization: Health Professions School