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Healthcare Roundtable: Developing the Next Generation of Culturally Competent Healthcare Leaders

  • Health Discovery Building 1701 Trinity Street Austin, TX, 78701 United States (map)

The U.S. is to become majority-minority nation by 2043 [1]. With this shift in demographics, racial and ethnic disparities in healthcare and the need for systems to accommodate increasingly diverse patient populations has received considerable attention.

As U.S. patient demographics continue this shift, the demand for culturally competent physicians, providers, and other healthcare professionals continues to grow. Cultural competence is fundamental to the delivery of quality health services, as culture defines healthcare expectations and impacts every encounter. Research suggests that when clinicians understand culturally diverse backgrounds, they can engage their patients more effectively and provide better care, thus improving patient outcomes [2]. Additionally, the need for diverse healthcare providers continues to grow. A recent report by Modern Healthcare found that just <9% of physicians and <20% of nurses identify as racial or ethnic minorities [3]. And these needs are most acute when considering the healthcare inequities facing many minority patient populations in the U.S.

However, many med students and future healthcare leaders are not being properly trained and equipped to understand the cultural nuances of diverse patients and how to best serve diverse patient groups. Rather, they are being taught a “one-size-fits-all” approach to care delivery.

CHI’s workshop brings together healthcare leaders, medical school academics and leaders, providers, patients, pharma, and other stakeholder groups for an innovative and collaborative discussion on how to best equip our future healthcare leaders with the knowledge, skills, and attitudes that allow them to adequately treat all patients and communicate with their families. Medical school and other healthcare training curriculums must be designed to appropriately train cultural competence. By proactively beginning to think about culturally competent healthcare leaders of tomorrow, we can begin to make steps towards addressing the broader healthcare disparities and health inequities that afflict the U.S. healthcare system.

How: The roundtable will bring together an intimate (20-25) group of interdisciplinary healthcare thought-leaders, executives, academics, and industry leaders for action for a day of idea sharing, brainstorming, networking, and co-learning.