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MUSC Culturally Sensitive Care Program

Addressing the Healthcare Needs of the LGBTQIA+ Community

2018 MUSC Culturally Sensitive Care Lecture Series

Program Background:

The Medical University of South Carolina embarked on a university-wide Diversity and Inclusion Strategic Plan in 2015.  One of the major initiatives of this Plan was around Education and Training.  While extensive efforts have been made in this area, feedback from the Fall 2017 MUSC College of Health Professions Diversity and Inclusion Survey and Focus Groups indicated that a need remains for more in-depth and comprehensive content that would be accessible to faculty, staff, and students available to both the University and MUSC Health.  Additional feedback included that employees and students saw a need for more in-person offerings, discussion-based/interactive components, certification options, and content that would be easily integrated into traditional and online course settings.  The MUSC Culturally Sensitive Care Lecture series for the Fall 2018 was developed to address those needs.

Project Scope:

Fifteen (15) sessions were provided to MUSC Employees and Students through in-person, online, and video recorded methods.  Each session featured a 20 to 30-minute lecture followed by small group discussions around topics directly related to the fifteen National Culturally and Linguistically Appropriate Services (CLAS) Standards provided by the US Dept of Health and Human Services (DHHS) Office of Minority Health (OMH).  Sessions were recorded and are now available with closed captioning via MyQuest.  

Key Outcomes:

  • Over 85 MUSC employees participated with the Lecture Series
  • 14 MUSC Employees have or will complete the requirements for the Certificate of Completion
  • 9 MUSC Students have or will complete the requirements for the Certificate of Completion
  • 17 MUSC Students participated in the corresponding Inter-professional Course Elective with additional community-based assignments focused on a specific culturally diverse community. 

Session Video Links for MUSC Employees and Students (Net ID required):

The Introductory Session video with Dr. David Cole and Anton Gunn is available here

Additional session videos are available here

2018 Speaker Announcement

2018 Sponsors

The following entities generously provided support for the Lecture Series:

  • Sodexo (Lunch sponsor)
  • MUSC Student Programs and Student Diversity (Lunch sponsor)
  • MUSC Health Human Resources (Lunch sponsor)
  • MUSC Alliance for Hispanic Health (Lunch sponsor)

2018 Coordinators

This program was a collaboration of the following MUSC entities:

  • MUSC College of Health Professions Division of Occupational Therapy
    • General coordination of Planning Committee and Interprofessional Course Elective
  • MUSC Lecture Series Planning Committee
    • Coordinated speakers with discussion question topics (3) and quiz questions (5)
    • Coordinated logistics and technology including online access and video recording
    • Coordinated promotion to students, faculty, staff, clinicians, etc. and possibly alumni via link
    • Coordinated food for weekly sessions
    • Coordinated certificate program logistics
  • MUSC University Department of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
    • Coordinated MyQuest Training logistics
  • MUSC Health Office of Diversity and Inclusion
    • Assisted with speakers, sponsors, and general coordination
  • MUSC Office of Interprofessional Initiatives
    • Assisted with Interprofessional Course Elective initiation and educational technology

2018 Planning Committee

Thank you to our Planning Committee:

  • Aykhan Alibayli (MUSC Office of Student Programs)
  • Dr. Dusti Annan (MUSC Office of Inter-professional Initiatives)
  • Dr. Willette Burnham-Williams (MUSC University Dept. of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion)
  • VeLonda Dantzler (MUSC University Human Resources Management)
  • Caroline Davila (MUSC Dept. of Public Health Sciences)
  • Dr. Michael de Arellano (MUSC College of Medicine/Dept. of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences)
  • Anton Gunn (MUSC Health Chief Diversity Officer)
  • Dr. Carolyn Jenkins (MUSC College of Nursing)
  • Dr. Marvella Ford (MUSC Hollings Cancer Center/Dept. of Public Health Sciences)
  • Dr. Qualenta Forrest (MUSC Health Human Capital)
  • Mohja Jerbi (MUSC College of Health Professions Educational Technology)
  • Dr. Susan Johnson (MUSC Office of Health Promotion)
  • Allison Leggett (MUSC College of Medicine Dean’s Office)
  • Darrick Paul (MUSC Health Human Capital)
  • Dr. Dante Pelzer (MUSC Office of Student Programs and Student Diversity)
  • Deborah Reynolds (MUSC Communications & Marketing)
  • Dr. Danielle Scheurer (MUSC Dept. of Quality Management & Patient Safety)
  • Erin Skinner (MUSC College of Health Professions Office of the Dean)
  • Eric Smathers (MUSC Health Medical Director’s Office Dept. of Performance Improvement)
  • Paula Sutton (MUSC University Dept. of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion)
  • Stephanie Taylor (MUSC Health Office of Diversity and Inclusion)
  • Antwan Walters (MUSC Health Interpreter Services)
  • Kathleen White (MUSC Health Patient Education)
  • Dr. Tajuan Wilson (MUSC Office of Student Programs and Student Diversity)
  • Dr. Cristina Smith--Chair (MUSC College of Health Professions Division of Occupational Therapy)

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