The Huddle Podcast: Conversations with the Diabetes Care Team
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Individualized care often necessitates the need to not only work with a culture or religion different than your own, but to cross boundaries to understand and support an individual’s unique needs. Diana Malkin-Washeim, PhD, MPH, RD, CDCES, CDN shares her tips for working across cultural boundaries in a faith-based setting to deliver diabetes self-management education and support.
For practice guidance, tips and resources on working with other cultures, visit DiabetesEducator.org/CulturalCompetency
For resources on Ramadan and diabetes, visit DiabetesEducator.org/Ramadan
Beyond Cultural Competency: How to Implement Relevant, Culturally Appropriate Care
Working with individuals from cultures different than your own can come with challenges that directly impact effective self-care. Diabetes care and education specialist Patricia Davidson, DCN, RDN, CDE, LDN, FAND is the co-author for AADE’s new cultural competency and health literacy practice paper and in this episode, shares her tips to implementing best practices for relevant, individualized care. We discuss why it’s critical to go beyond being culturally competent so that care addresses both cultural sensitivity and humility. We wrap up with tactics to implement culturally appropriate care.
Health Literacy: Tactics to Assess and Overcome Barriers
Anyone can be impacted by health literacy barriers, no matter their ability or education level. That’s why assessing an individual to determine what they understand is critical to ensuring successful self-management. In this episode, Katherine O’Neal, Pharm.D., MBA, BCACP, CDE, BC-ADM, AE-C, CLS, co-author for AADE’s new cultural competency and health literacy practice paper, discusses ways to assess for health literacy and address barriers that might impact the individual’s ability to understand and follow treatment plans. We talk through the five categories of health literacy, identify how to assess for understanding and we end with tools you can use to overcome barriers.
There are many social determinants of health that directly impact people with diabetes. Two of these are health literacy and cultural diversity. Approximately 90 million adults lack the needed health literacy skills to effectively use the healthcare system. It is critical that diabetes care and education specialists are aware of the disparities and concerns and are culturally sensitive. This presentation will review the significance and background of cultural and health literacy considerations, especially in regard to diabetes care and self-management. The role of the diabetes care and education specialist will be reviewed along with provider resources to improve communications with patients and ultimately, improve health outcomes.
Type 2 diabetes in children is an increasing public health challenge, particularly in minority populations. The Every Little Steps Counts program was developed in response to the high burden of this chronic disease among Latino youth and their families. This evidence-based, culturally-grounded program empowers youth, their families and the community to overcome the multi-level environmental influencers that challenge efforts to positively impact lifestyle.
Learn some of the unique health beliefs that can influence people from different cultural backgrounds when providing diabetes prevention education. Identify some of the potential cultural challenges and how to overcome them, and increase desirable cultural competencies skills that promotes effective communication when educating diverse populations.