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Understanding Disparities and Inequality: A Health Care Case Study | TACS

Discussion Leaders: April D. Lewis, MPA, Regional Diversity Manager, Kaiser Permanente Nancy Jambor, MA, Trainer/Consultant, Diversity & Intercultural Communication

Date: January 20, 2010

Time: 8:00 to 9:30 am

Our cultural competence depends upon our ability to recognize disparities in service delivery systems such as health care. This session of the Diversity Leaders Network provides an opportunity to deepen our understanding of these disparities and the communities they affect.

African Americans, Latinos, Native Americans, Asian Americans, and others are disproportionately impacted in overall health and well-being due to limited or no access to quality health care. These groups have traditionally experienced and currently confront institutionalized racism, poverty, unemployment, food insecurity, unsafe housing, poor education, exposure to pollution, and other environmentally-based factors collectively known as social determinants of health. Such disparities are a paramount issue in the United States, leading to shortened life expectancy ("excess deaths"), loss of livelihood, increased costs of emergency care, and other outcomes associated with social injustice.

Join us to discuss and raise your awareness of health care disparities and make connections between culturally competent health care practices and health equity.

Topics to be addressed:

  • Overview of health disparities in the United States
  • Connections between reducing health disparities and intercultural communication competency
  • Suggested strategies for use in other areas of inequality and social injustice

The Presenters

April Lewis is a nationally known and a highly respected authority on diversity, inclusion, and culturally competent health care. She is currently the Regional Diversity Manager for Kaiser Permanente here in the Northwest and a trainer of trainers for Kaiser Permanente at the national level. April is a lively, engaging, and knowledgeable presenter, with a gift for playful teaching and learning.

Nancy Jambor is currently completing the Masters Program for Intercultural Relations (MAIR.) She has designed and presented workshops, conference sessions, and classes on a variety of topics, including diversity and culture. Educators, health care providers, and others rely on her training expertise.


Ecotrust Conference Center

721 NW 9th Ave

Portland, Oregon 97209

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Regular Admission: 25.00

NAO Member Admission: 22.50 - Learn more about the Nonprofit Association of Oregon (NAO).


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