Workforce and Leadership Development
Skills Building Session
Maria Avila, PhD, MSW
Associate Professor of Pediatrics, VT LEND Director, College of Medicine Health Equity and Inclusive Excellence Liaison
University of Vermont Larner College of Medicine
This session will focus on the connection between health, social, educational and racial disparities and structural competence. Through interactive activities the session will address content regarding the historical context of systems of oppression in the US and their long-term impact on maternal and child health populations. All sections of the MCH competencies are explored through the presentation's five core learning objectives: 1) Increase self-awareness of racial, ethnic and class biases, 2) Define structural competence and become familiar with the stages of structural competency, 3) Explain how cultural beliefs shape clinical encounters, 4) Understand the impact culturally responsive services can have in the clinical outcomes of MCH populations, and 5) Discuss the implications of demographic trends for health disparities. This training model has been implemented with 6000+ MCH providers across 16 states. Please note this session was previously presented at AMCHP 2017 in Kansas City.