Cultivating cultural awareness and humility is critical among dietetic professionals. Research demonstrates the need to develop cultural competence in our profession to improve practitioner-patient relations and reduce health care disparities.
Integrating cultural inclusivity and sensitivity topics and research into coursework prepares dietetic students to develop a true desire for cultural understanding. Two different courses will be presented: global foods and counseling/communications.
The presenters of this session share how they have refined ways to foster cultural empathy and respect within their students. The current Strategic Plan for the Academy highlights a focus area of Diversity and Inclusion with a goal of cultivating organizational and professional values of equity, respect, civility and anti-discrimination.
This session presents the lens of cultural awareness and humility that supports this goal and helps advance our profession within this diverse, global, and ever-changing world.
CPE Level: Level 2 (intermediate knowledge/experience)
- 1.7.1 Recognizes and respects cultural and racial diverse backgrounds to effectively interact and build meaningful relationships with others (e.g., clients, employees, inter- and intra-professional team members and community and professional groups).
- 6.7.1 Designs course syllabi and lessons plans based on curriculum goals, objectives and related competencies.
- 9.5.3 Analyzes and synthesizes collated data to recommend and make modifications to education and programs
- Integrate cultural definitions and framework of global foods course into curriculum or personal practice to enhance awareness, humility and respect of diverse populations and cultures
- Identify strategies to teach and assess cultural sensitivity and inclusivity in nutrition counseling and communication courses to foster cultural awareness, understanding and empathy
- Articulate a plan to develop cultural competence in order to advance the efficacy of dietetics within a culturally diverse world