TB Notes Newsletter
No. 2, 2005
TB EDUCATION AND TRAINING NETWORK UPDATES
Cultural Competency Subcommittee: Update
The goal of the Cultural Competency Subcommittee is to promote
cultural competency among members of TB ETN. The subcommittee strives
to do this by -
- identifying tools, materials, and other resources in the area
of cultural competency and make these available to TB ETN members,
- providing a forum for TB ETN members to network with others
in the area of cultural competency, and
- promoting the availability of the cultural competency subcommittee
as a resource for input on cultural or linguistic issues.
In recent months, our Subcommittee has provided input for the New
Jersey Model TB Centerís Cultural Competency Newsletter and their
case studies solicitation effort. Lauren Moschetta, a Subcommittee
member, is working on this project and our Subcommittee has given
ideas as well as support for this endeavor.
We have provided feedback for the CDCís ethnographic studies project,
spearheaded by Cathy Rawls. We reviewed the draft of the outline
that will be used to share the results and plan to review the ethnographic
profiles when completed. The data were collected at four sites in
the United States and includes
five profiled population groups, including immigrants from Mexico,
Vietnam, and Somalia.
The research study includes information on immigration history and
patterns, beliefs about TB, and immigrantsí experiences with TB
treatment in the United States.
A needs assessment regarding cultural competency issues began in
the fall of 2002, and the results were presented at the TB ETN conference
in August 2003.† The results of this needs assessment have driven
our activities as a Subcommittee since that time. However, with
the growth in membership of TB ETN, we see a need for revisiting
and possibly repeating the needs assessment.† A team from our Subcommittee
was formed to address this issue.
The Cultural Competency Subcommittee is composed of TB trainers
and educators who are dedicated to cultural competency and its application
to TB control activities. If you are interested in joining this
subcommittee, please send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Cultural Competency Quote
ďA multicultural curriculum must address how to articulate a relationship
between unity and difference that moves beyond simplistic binarisms.
That is, rather than defining multiculturalism as against unity
or simply for difference, it is crucial for educators to develop
a unity-in-difference position in which new forms of democratic
representation, participation, and citizenship provide a forum for
creating unity without denying the particular, the multiple, and
the specific. In this instance, the interrelationship of different
cultures and identities become borderlands, sites of crossing, negotiation,
translation, and dialogue.Ē
- Giroux Henry A. ''Curriculum, multiculturalism, and the politics
of identity.'' NASSP* Bulletin Dec. 1992; 76 (548):1-11.
*National Association of Secondary School Principals
-Submitted by Julie McCallum, RN, MPH
American Lung Association of Michigan
TB ETN Cultural Competency Subcommittee
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