The Washington Healthcare Diversity Summit allow participants to engage in dialog and action with the healthcare community on diversity & leadership best practices using the council as the primary medium. Dynamic leaders in this industry address all issues pertaining to diversity in healthcare that have impact on individuals, organizations, and the community.
Transformational Diversity in Healthcare
October 29, 2015
McCormick & Schmick’s Harborside
1200 Westlake Avenue North
Seattle, WA 98109
Room: Harborside Room on the ground floor
|8:00 – 9:00 a.m.||Registration, Breakfast and Networking|
|9:00 – 9:05 a.m.||Registration, Breakfast and Networking|
|9:05 – 9:15 a.m.||Host Welcome & Remarks|
|9:15 – 10:15 a.m.||Featured Speaker|
|10:15 – 10:30 a.m.||Featured Speaker|
|10:30 – 11:15 a.m.||Panel Discussion|
|11:15 – 11:30 a.m.||Questions & Answers Session|
Topic #1: Many Faces: Addressing Diversity in Healthcare
Diversity. It is a word that means something different to each and every person. The changing demographics and economics of our growing multicultural world and the long-standing disparities in the health status of people from culturally diverse backgrounds have challenged health care providers and organizations to consider cultural diversity as a priority. However, health care providers must realize that addressing cultural diversity goes beyond knowing the values, beliefs, practices and customs of African Americans, Asians, Hispanics/Latinos, Native Americans/Alaskan Natives, and Pacific Islanders. In addition to racial classification and national origin, there are many other faces of cultural diversity. Religious affiliation, language, physical size, gender, sexual orientation, age, disability (both physical and mental), political orientation, socio-economic status, occupational status and geographical location are but a few of the faces of diversity.
Topic 2: Painting with a Broad Brush: “One size does not fit all”
“One size does not fit all” when it comes to delivering patient care. Even within specific groups, there is a wide array of demographics consisting of patients with different needs, experiences, and perspectives. Therefore, when assessing the best way to handle patients, you can’t “paint with a broad brush”. The care administered to each patient should be tailored based on his or her unique circumstances and “cultural lens”.
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