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SUNY Albany Awarded State Grant to Develop Training Program on Advancing Cultural Competence in the Public Health and Health Care Workforce

The University at Albany School of Public Health’s Center for Public Health Continuing Education has been awarded a $408,737 training grant through the New York State Health Workforce Retraining Initiative to develop the training program Advancing Cultural Competence in the Public Health and Health Care Workforce.  The funding is intended to support training and retraining of health care workers in New York State and is jointly managed by the New York State Departments of Health and Labor.

The project entails the creation of four program training series and focuses on the New York State racial and ethnic minority populations as defined in the 2012 NYS Minority Health Surveillance Report.  Each program will be specific to each racial and/or ethnic group and include two to four modules examining unique cultural traits which influence health outcomes.  A certificate of completion will be awarded for approximately five hours of training for each specific racial and/or ethnic group.  A total of 17 hours of training will be offered in total.

The training will include a series of technology based learning (TBL) approaches, including online courses, webinars and webcasts that are readily accessible, self-paced and flexible.  The aim of the of the series is to enhance public health and health care professionals’ abilities to recognize and address the unique culture, language and health literacy of diverse consumers and communities.