Attend the Culturally Responsive Health Care Conference

The University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine Office of Cultural Affairs and Diversity Initiatives and the Office of Continuing Medical Education will host “Culturally Responsive Health Care in Iowa 2017” on Friday, June 2, at the UI College of Public Health Building, 145 North Riverside Drive in Iowa City.

The conference is open to all personnel who have an interest in and/or provide health care services to diverse populations as well as health science students. Presentation topics will include:

  • Mental health care
  • Disparities in pain treatment
  • Health care reform
  • Addressing and reducing disrespectful behavior
  • The role of communication in reducing discrimination in health care

For details or to register, visit or call 319-335-8599.

“Every patient, regardless of who they are, brings various cultural backgrounds, beliefs, and practices that may influence their approach to health care,” says Sherree Wilson, PhD, conference chair and associate dean, Office of Cultural Affairs and Diversity Initiatives in the UI Carver College of Medicine. “The conference helps educate health care professionals about providing culturally responsive care to improve access to high-quality care and reduce health disparities.”

Speakers scheduled to present at the conference include Lisa Cullins, MD, director of the outpatient psychiatry clinic at Children’s National Medical Center in Washington D.C. Cullins’ presentation is titled, “Mental Health Care Must Be Culturally Responsive.”

Carmen Renee Green, MD, professor of anesthesiology, obstetrics and gynecology, and health management and policy at the University of Michigan, will discuss, “Disparities in Pain Treatment.”

Peter Damiano, DDS, MPH, director of the Public Policy Center and the Health Policy Research Program, and professor of preventive and community dentistry at the UI College of Dentistry and Dental Clinics, will present, “Health Care Reform in the Post-ACA World.”

The conference is sponsored by University of Iowa Health Care, the UI Carver College of Medicine, UI Hospitals and Clinics Department of Nursing and Patient Care, UI College of Dentistry, UI College of Nursing, UI College of Pharmacy, UI College of Public Health, and the UI Center for Disabilities and Development.