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June Quarterly Meeting - Addressing Microaggressions and Cultural Competency with Krizia Melendez, MPH, CHES

  • 14 Jun 2019
  • 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
  • Dublin Integrated Education Center – 6805 Bobcat Way, Dublin, OH 43016



Date of Presentation: Friday, June 14, 2019

Title of Presentation: Addressing Microaggression and Cultural Competency

Speakers (add credentials): Krizia Melendez, MPH, CHES. Krizia is a graduate assistant for the University of Toledo. This presentation identifies public health and health education undergraduate courses and demonstrates how to teach students microaggression concepts with the use of a course matrix. Courses that address health disparities, such as issues in public health and community, can discuss the impact of microaggressions on minority groups, the effects these have on their health, education and economic status. For example, courses that address the components of health and wellness, like personal health, can incorporate activities on the impacts of microaggressions on psychological and emotional components of health using self-evaluation quizzes, reflections and role-playing scenarios.

- Incorporating coursework that addresses microaggression in the preservice health classroom is beneficial for the student; giving them a greater likelihood in becoming culturally competent and understanding of subtle discrimination that can affect health behavior.

- Departments offering public health and health education degrees need to take the lead and train their preventative health service students on how to deal with microagressions in the classroom and in their future careers.

-Creating training that addresses microagression in traditional classroom settings and online classrooms must also be instituted in preventative health education.

- Training faculty and instructors to incorporate microagression in their coursework, so they in turn train students so they are prepared to address these in a given situation will help develop health service professionals who are skilled in working with culturally diverse populations and minority populations.

Time of presentation: 10:00am-12:00pm

Address of presentation: Dublin Integrated Education Center – 6805 Bobcat Way, Dublin, OH 43016

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