The Impact of Cultural Diversity on Dental Education
The call to provide culturally appropriate oral health care to populations across the globe, including ethnic minorities, migrants, and other vulnerable groups, and improve health outcomes is more critical today than ever before as populations shift and become more diverse. The process of educating future dental professionals for this new reality requires a deep understanding of our own cultural, ethnic, and language background and the values and beliefs that we hold about individuals who are different from ourselves. It also involves understanding the social context in which education is taking place, and, finally, it requires engaging tools and best practices for a lifelong learning process—a journey with many stops along the way.
This interactive session will provide ADEE delegates with the opportunity to explore the impact that cultural, ethnic, geographic, and language background have in the dental education context, including clinical care and school climate. This session will:
Provide tools to help future dentists develop effective approaches to working with culturally diverse populations and increasing their overall social accountability;
Discuss context for health care adaptation for various populations including shifts in migration, education, income, education, social capital, occupation, community structure, social support, and cultural beliefs and attitudes;
Discuss the social context in which dental education is taking place and the socio-cultural determinants of health, including similarities and differences and reverberation of movements in the United States and the European Union.
Kim C. D’Abreu, M.P.H.
Kim C. D’Abreu serves as Principal Consultant for Diversity Dimensions Consulting, LLC. Ms. D’Abreu is an entrepreneurial and dynamic executive with 25 years of experience managing national, workforce diversity and inclusion programs. She is a thought leader within education, healthcare and non-profit sectors, with a reputation for managing the culture and complexities of environments. Ms. D’Abreu has effectively developed tools, strategies, and resources focused on climate and cultural competency as a means to promote success of women, racial and ethnic minorities and LGBT communities, and other marginalized groups.
Ms. D’Abreu was formerly the senior vice president for access, diversity and inclusion at the American Dental Education Association (ADEA). She designed strategies and programs to increase the cultural competency and diversity of students and faculty in dental education. Ms. D’Abreu obtained her B.S. from The Johns Hopkins University and M.P.H. from the Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health. Kim is a member of the International Coach Federation, Washington, DC chapter obtaining her Certificate in Leadership Coaching from Georgetown University.