Diversity and Equity in Health Care Delivery

Tuesday, November 15, 2011
1 – 5 pm
Commonwealth Medical College, TCMC Auditorium

Robert Like, MD, MS
Professor and Director of the Center for Healthy Families and Cultural Diversity Department of Family Medicine and Community Health UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School

Dr. Like will begin by reviewing the research that verifies disparities in health care in the United States, and discussing the rationale for culturally competent health care, including the need for awareness of cultural and language issues, bias, and stereotyping, and how these can affect care delivery. Part II of the workshop will focus on understanding the community you serve, developing community partnerships, and how a health care client’s and provider’s social and historical context can affect health beliefs, illness, and behaviors. Part III will help participants identify key dimensions of patient-centered care and the role played by communication in developing a therapeutic alliance. Discussion of clinical cases and scenarios will be used.

Robert C. Like, MD, MS is Professor and Director of the Center for Healthy Families and Cultural Diversity, Department of Family Medicine and Community Health, UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School. Dr. Like received his MD degree from Harvard Medical School in 1979, and completed his residency and MS degree fellowship training in family medicine from Case Western Reserve University in 1984. He is a practicing family physician with a background in medical anthropology, and has carried out fieldwork in the Azores Islands in Family Medicine. He is actively involved in developing medical education programs and provides training and technical assistance relating to the delivery of patient-centered, culturally responsive care to diverse populations.

Of special interest to health care providers, educators, and students.

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NEPDEC’s mission is to create a more inclusive, dynamic culture in our region and to prepare for increasingly complex and diverse communities and workplaces. To achieve these goals, we:
* provide educational programming/consultation,
* support member’s diversity initiatives,
* organize networking and social events for relaxed interaction and sharing, and
* build alliances among historically isolated groups.

Through cooperation, we address regional diversity issues with greater impact and economies of scale.