In its ongoing efforts to area health professionals focus on proactive, coordinated health care delivery, Hudson Mohawk Area Health Education Center (HM AHEC) announced the launch of two new education initiatives. The new programs, developed as part of a comprehensive Care Coordination series, explore the topics of implicit bias and language access.
Language Access: The Growing Role of Health Interpreters addresses how medical providers can best serve patients who speak different languages and may come from different cultural backgrounds. Communication barriers can be challenging for both patients and health providers. Health interpreters are emerging as a critical occupation in almost all medical environments, including many facilities in the Capital District. Language Access: The Growing Role of Health Interpreters will take place from 9:00am to 12:00pm on June 14 and 16 at Hudson Valley Community College’s TEC-SMART facility in Malta. The session will be facilitated by Wilma Alvardo-Little, founder of the health equity-focused firm, AlvardoLittle Consulting. The program costs $159, with a $10 discount offered to those who register by May 22. Registration is available online at hmahec.org/language-access.
Recognizing and Minimizing Implicit Bias explores the impact of bias on various systems, including but not limited to, health care settings. Participants will learn about the Implicit Association Test and will learn proven strategies to address and undo bias. The program will be facilitated by Gregory Owens, a leadership and development consultant with more than 30 years of experience. “Thoughtful considerations of the way that culture affects our efforts to provide the best for the people who come to us for help, assistance and services is critically important in an ever changing society,” Owens said. “The intersection of cultural competence, unconscious bias, health literacy and language access is so important to us today, as we in the helping arena seek to be the best that we can. I am glad for the opportunity to work with people who are willing to explore beyond what they may already know and look at the rest of the picture.” Recognizing and Minimizing Implicit Bias will take place from 9:00am to 4:00pm on June 21 at Hudson Valley Community College’s TEC-SMART facility in Malta. The program costs $169, with a $10 discount offered to those who register by May 22. Registration is available online at hmahec.org/implicit-bias.
“As the health care community moves to more coordinated, patient-centered care models, specialty topics such as improving language access and minimizing implicit bias are becoming necessary skills for medical professionals in many modern care facilities,” said Leza Wood, HM AHEC’s executive director. “While we’ve chosen these two areas to launch our new series of care coordination training, we look forward to adding additional topics as the series continues to grow and address critical, local health education needs.”
Hudson Mohawk AHEC is dedicated to developing and strengthening the health care workforce in underserved communities throughout the New York Capital District and lower Adirondack regions. The nonprofit organization’s unique three-pronged mission promotes and encourages healthcare career paths among youth, provides educational resources and scholarships to future health professionals, and delivers ongoing professional education to maintain a competitive and caring local healthcare infrastructure. HM AHEC operates from dual locations in Glens Falls and Albany.