HSC Workshop Series: Cross-Cultural Communication – An Intensive

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with Dr. Ednita M. Wright and Karen Brown
Tuesday, June 1, 2021
9:00 – 11:00 am
Via Zoom – a link will be sent upon registration


“Improving Cross-Cultural Communication – An Introduction” is NOT a pre-requisite to attending this workshop.

Building on ”Improving Cross-Cultural Communication – An Introduction” workshop, participants will more deeply examine the relationship between health equity and health literacy. Participants will apply the RESPECT model (from Think Cultural Health), a method utilized to improve cross-cultural communication, to their individual work.

Participants will:

  1. Examine the important relationship between health literacy and health equity
  2. Gain a fuller understanding of how to build trust across differences of power, race, ethnicity, and class
  3. Apply the RESPECT model of cross cultural communication to their work environments.

About the Presenters

Ednita M. Wright (Dr. Nina), Ph.D., LCSW, CASAC recently retired from Onondaga Community College where she was a Professor in the Human Services/Teacher Education Department, Chair of the Department and Program Coordinator of the Alcohol and Substance Abuse Counseling Program. She leaves academe after teaching for thirty-five (35) years in various public and private academic institutions.  Prior to her academic career she worked as a social worker in community agencies that served individuals with HIV/AIDS, substance abuse, domestic violence, housing, and mental health issues. 

Dr. Wright has consulted for over twenty-five years with community agencies and academic institutions regarding issues of bias with the primary objective of moving away from tolerance to authentic inclusion, for all.  She recently contributed to the review of the Health Literacy training, offered by the Ithaca College Gerontology Institute which focused on language, and its importance in decreasing exclusion and stigma. Dr. Wright believes to serve humans with love, there must be a solid and unwavering commitment to inclusion and the rooting out of all practices, norms, procedures, etc. that perpetuate any form of exclusion.

Karen Brown holds a master’s degree in social sciences and serves as the current Programs Manager, at Ithaca College Gerontology Institute, located in Ithaca, NY.  Karen is a 2018 Health Literacy Leadership Institute Fellow from Tufts University’s school of Public Health. 

Karen currently works as a health literacy and cultural competence consultant for various organizations across upstate New York.  Karen is especially passionate about advocating for the provision of health care literacy competencies among health care professionals.  

In addition, Karen has recently designed a training program to address the low health literacy levels of individuals receiving Medicaid benefits in 15 counties, within Upstate New York, with funding through the New York State Delivery System Reform Incentive Payment Program (DSRIP). This training program has demonstrated, and continues to demonstrate its sustainability and efficacy for the promotion of health literacy. 

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