Sandra AREVALO, MPH, RD, CDN, CDE
Tuesday, Oct 6, 2015
Diversity & Cultural Competence
Hispanics in the US are at greater risk for a number of nutrition related chronic illnesses and diseases. Knowing the habits and preferences of Hispanics, and the role that acculturation, health literacy, food and family plays in their lives, can help non-Latino RDs enroll in more effective communication with this audience. During this presentation you will identify detailed food and culture details specific to different Latino countries and practice ways to communicate more effectively with your Latino clients in order to generate better rapport, influence their behavior and attain health goals. Planned with the Latinos and Hispanics in Dietetics and Nutrition MIG
List the names of typical meals of prevalent Latin American cultures in the US and describe their ingredients, preparation and health risks associated with their intake
Recognize the diversity of food patterns, acculturation and health literacy levels practiced by Latinos in US based on level of acculturation to improve health assessment and promotion
Better counsel Latin American clients using an informed culturally sensitive approach that will improve adherence to dietary changes and health outcomes
Inventive Education and Training Programs
Nutrition education provided in a patient's native language may not be enough to successfully encourage life style changes to prevent or manage diabetes and related conditions. Through real case scenarios, this session will illustrate how cultural competency transcends language. Best practices and tools developed from lessons learned in the field will be shared to enhance cultural awareness and interviewing/counseling skills when working with Latino patients living with diabetes. Planned with the Latinos and Hispanics in Dietetics and Nutrition Member Interest Group.
- Describe social and cultural factors to consider in caring for Latino patients with diabetes.
- Identify common limitations in clinical practice when treating Latinos with diabetes and provide innovative solutions.
- Replicate interdisciplinary models of care that are culturally sensitive to Latinos with diabetes.
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