Cultural Proficiency: A Way Forward in Audiology, Part 1
Course Description: Civil unrest in American society isn’t new; however, more recent demonstrations of unrest have created more focus regarding the symptoms of cultural divide which permeates every aspect of life. These symptoms (e.g. indifference towards the lives of people of color or other marginalized populations, income inequality, inequitable education, and employment opportunities) are predicated on bias and its unintended consequences which lead to systemic institutional racism. These courses are designed for audiologists in both the clinical and academic setting, and allows participants to mitigate biases for more equitable outcomes.
- Describe cultural proficiency;
- Summarize the evolution of bias;
- Note the impact of personal biases in different cultural settings.
These two courses are being delivered in a virtual (Zoom) environment; access controlled by the instructor. The first session introduces cultural proficiency and a summation of the evolution of bias. The second session (May 15th, 10-12 PM, separate registration) takes a deeper dive into the application of culturally proficient practices in a clinical/classroom setting for an audiologist. The learner will recognize strengths, weakness in cross-cultural communication and assess threats to more equitable outcomes within ingroup/outgroup dynamics.
This course will meet the new Oregon state licensee requirement for 1 CE of cultural competency training. Due to the sensitive nature of the conversations, courses will be limited to 30 people. OAA members will be offered early bird registration prior to opening this up to non-members.
INSTRUCTOR: Clinton Normore is the Vice President for Diversity & Inclusion. He was the inaugural director of diversity at A.T. Still University of Health Sciences (ATSU) in September 2013 and promoted to Associate Vice President in 2016. Clinton leads a university-wide diversity effort, encompassing ATSU’s six graduate health professions schools on campuses in Kirksville, Missouri and Mesa, Arizona, and an online school of graduate studies. This work also touches community health centers nationwide. Clinton works with faculty, staff, students, deans, and leadership at the University’s highest levels in support of ATSU’s mission of providing healthcare to the underserved and serving on many university committees. Mr. Normore was a National Institution on Minority Health Disparities (NIMHD) Scholar in 2015. He is a trained Civil Rights Investigator and is a certified Campus Security Authority (CSA). Since joining the ATSU community, Clinton has been instrumental in developing a framework for diversity and a diversity strategic plan. Under his leadership, the ATSU was the first Health Professions University to receive the coveted Higher Education in Excellence (HEED) Award in 2017, and consecutively the next three years. Since August 2014, he has been a faculty member of ATSU’s Missouri School of Dentistry & Oral Health and is currently conducting research on cultural proficiency. Clinton has also served as an Instructor in the Business Department of Phoenix College and a Lead Consultant for Ben Harrison & Associates on its community policing initiative, providing workshops for police departments in Arizona. He chairs the Advisory Council On Diversity (ACOD) and serves on many university level committees and task forces.
Thank you to Phonak for their support of this series!
The Oregon Academy of Audiology has submitted for approval by the American Academy of Audiology to offer Academy CEUs for this activity. The program is worth a maximum of 0.1 CEUs (0.1 CEU per session). Academy approval of this continuing education activity is based on course content only and does not imply endorsement of course content, specific products, or clinical procedure, or adherence of the event to the Academy's Code of Ethics. Any views that are presented are those of the presenter/CE Provider and not necessarily of the American Academy of Audiology.