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Innovative Teaching Awards

Innovative Teaching Awards

Advancing Cultural Competence Toward Sexual & Gender Minorities

Developed by:

Stacey B. Griner, PhD, MPH – Assistant Professor, School of Public Health, University of North Texas Health Science Center

Erica C. Spears, PhD, MA – Assistant Professor, School of Public Health, University of North Texas Health Science Center

Using this Innovative Teaching Award, this team developed an activity to increase cultural competency toward sexual & gender minority (SGM) populations within the MCH context. They developed & pilot tested a lecture including an introduction to SGM populations, reproductive health inequities & cultural competency. Additionally, they developed & pilot tested an assignment to address the needs of SGM populations by incorporating cultural competence into healthcare. Students were asked to (1) select & describe a sexual & reproductive health topic or recommendation (such as prenatal care, family planning, sexually transmitted infection counseling, etc.); (2) summarize the gaps, disparities & needs of SGM populations; (3) determine the appropriate audience (e.g., MCH practitioners, community members, healthcare providers, etc.) to communicate about the reproductive health topic; & (4) incorporate aspects of cultural competency into healthcare through the development of evidence-based materials. 

Through this lecture & assignment, future MCH leaders will have the advanced cultural competency skills to (1) modify systems to meet the specific needs of a group, family, community, or population & (2) employ strategies to ensure culturally sensitive public health & health service delivery systems.

Summary of Materials – 

This project is supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) under grant number UE8MC25742; MCH Navigator for $225,000/year. This information or content and conclusions are those of the author and should not be construed as the official position or policy of, nor should any endorsements be inferred by HRSA, HHS or the U.S. Government.