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CHAP Culturally Competent Care Training |Wyoming Area Health Education Center

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CHAP (Community Health Advancement Program
Dept. 3432, 1000 East University Avenue
Laramie, WY 82071
Phone: 307.766.7651
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Past Involvements:

2012-2013 Culturally Competent Care Training and Discussion


Culturally Competent Care


This involved training and discussion on Cultural Competency sponsored by Kaiser Permanente.  Faculty and staff, Penelope Caldwell and Lisa Shipley,joined us monthly for video and discussion on how health care professionals can deliver services in a manner that acknowledges and understands cultural diversity in the clinical setting, respects members' health beliefs and practices, and values cross-cultural communication.

CHAP aimed to align with Kaiser Permanente's mission to: provide personalized care and to improve the overall health of the communities we serve.  We will showed the following films, featuring different cultural components. 

The Spirit is Able: Disabilities focus
Touching the Dream: African American focus
Journey of 10,000 Miles: Asian/Pacific Islander focus
Viva Bien: Latino/hispanic focus.
Hozho: American Indian focus.
Out: LGBT and I focus
Children of Adam: Middle Eastern focus

The last film, The Children of Adam, focused on working with people from the Middle East.  We served some traditional Middle Eastern food to celebrate their culture and the final CHAP Cultural Competency training of the year!  Thanks again to Lisa and Penelope for all of their insight and dedication!

Penelope Caldwell is an Assistant Lecturer in UW's Fay D. Whitney School of Nursing.   Penelope heads the Shoulder-to-Shoulder Service-Learning project to Honduras each Semester.  She is currently working on her Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) at the University of Northern Colorado.  Her research goal for her DNP is to reduce the rate of cervical cancer in a resource-poor country by developing a training program that will teach local health care workers an alternative low-cost cervical cancer screening and treatment method. Her research and training program  targeted a population of indigenous Mayans who are from a poor rural district in the highlands of Guatemala.  Penelope is also a certified Midwife.  Penelope has important clinical and public health perspectives to the Cultural Competency Training!

Lisa Shipley is the Manager of Student Affairs for the College of Health Sciences.  She provides students with preprofessional health advising and has been charged with establishing and executing a diversity plan for the University, which is how she became involved with the cultural competency work!


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