CANCELLED – Rural Cultural Competence – Serving Rural Communities

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Wednesday, April 15, 2020
9:00 am – 12:00 pm

This course is designed to train managers and supervisors the legal and proper techniques in conducting an internal workplace investigation.

Fee $60, includes light refreshments


Borg Warner Conference Room, Tompkins County Public Library,
Green St. at S. Cayuga St., Ithaca
Presented by the Human Services Coalition
Co-sponsored by the Tompkins County Public Library

Do you provide (or plan to provide) services to rural communities or individuals and families residing in rural communities?
This workshop will equip you with cultural competence in working with people from rural areas.

Attendees will:

  • Understand the common characteristics of rural culture and how it can impact service delivery
  • Learn about the research around rural provision of services – and how it may affect provider perceptions and service practices
  • Enhance your skills in communicating with people from rural backgrounds
  • Learn about the important connection of health literacy and cultural competence
  • Attendees will leave the workshop with valuable resources to evaluate and improve individual and organizational rural cultural competence as well as a new network of professionals to help with further program development.

This is a program of the Rural Health Network of South Central New York, Inc.

About the Presenters
Originally hailing from the Finger Lakes area of NY State, Mary holds a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology with a special focus on children and families from Keuka College. She relocated to the Binghamton area to receive her Masters in Public Administration in 2013 and completed a Certificate in Public Health Fundamentals and Principles from the University at Albany in 2017.

Mary’s professional interests include health education, epidemiology, and the social determinants of health and their relationship to health outcomes and quality of life, particularly in rural communities. Mary was appointed Director of Community Health Education in November, 2018 at Rural Health Network of South Central New York (RHNSCNY). She coordinates the delivery of evidence-based programs designed to build skills, knowledge and capacity both for community
members and RHNSCNY’s community partners, including the Chronic Disease Self Management Program, Whole Health Action Management, Health Literacy, and Rural Cultural Competence.|

Rural Health Network’s Rural Cultural Competence training module is designed for professional development and provides a broad overview of the determinants and disparities impacting rural individuals, families, and communities. The module includes an in-depth discussion about ways to evaluate programs and establish more culturally competent service delivery in rural areas.

Registration and Payment
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If you are unable to register and pay online please call 607-273-8686 or email

Cancellation Policy
All registration sales are final – we are unable to refund or transfer fees onto a different workshop for missed sessions.
 At times a workshop may be cancelled due to inclement weather or other issues. If this occurs, we will post the cancellation on our website:, email all registered participants, and refund any prepaid fees. If you plan to walk-in, please check our website for the most up-to-date information prior to attending.

Limited scholarships are available to agencies whose non-profit board and staff members cannot attend without one. To request a scholarship, email: in advance of the workshop.

The Human Services Coalition is a United Way of Tompkins County funded partner.


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