Culturally responsive, whole-person care will be the defining trajectory of healthcare during the upcoming decade. This conference addresses patient, family and community-centered care to promote physical, mental and spiritual health as area health practitioners strive to provide the most capable and respectful care in serving Minnesota’s increasingly diverse communities.
By 2040, people of color, including members of indigenous, African-American and immigrant communities, will make up 30-40% of Minnesota's overall population (mncompass.org). Thus far, our healthcare system has not been well-equipped to address the diverse set of cultural needs; Minnesota currently holds one of the worst records in our country for social determinants of health and health disparities.
As members of the Transcultural Nursing Society assert, cultural responsiveness in healthcare “is not just a good idea, it is a responsibility, and therefore must be an integral part of the fabric of our organizations, as it benefits our students, clients, and our health care institutions” (Standards of Practice for Culturally Competent Nursing Care, 2011).
Community professionals $40, and $60 for those seeking CEUs in physical therapy, occupational therapy, social work and nursing. Scholarships are readily available to cover conference registration. Registration free for students and Sisters of St. Scholastica Monastery.
Elyse Carter Vosen
Director, Interreligious Forum