Considerations for Cultural and Linguistic Differences in Community Education and Information Dissemination


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Tuesday, September 5, 2017
2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. ET
Location: Webinar

Webinar Descriptions:

Meeting the needs of diverse population is an important role for providers who assist with community education and dissemination activities. It involves understanding social determinants of health, effective cross-cultural mentoring, and diversifying programs, such as University Centers for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (UCEDDs) and Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Related Disabilities (LEND Programs. This webinar will provide a forum for discussing issues related to cultural diversity in dissemination activities and focus on strategies for taking into consideration cultural and linguistic differences when engaging in community service, education and information dissemination activities for individuals with developmental disabilities, their family members, and community members from underserved populations.


  1. Understand underlying disparities in access to services for underserved populations, 
  2. Describe cultural diversity and cultural and linguistic competence in technical assistance, community engagement, community education and information dissemination, and
  3. Describe strategies for integrating cultural diversity in dissemination activities such as infographics, briefs, and training.
A Webinar from AUCD's Community Education and Dissemination Council (CEDC).


Maria Mercedes Avila, PhD

Dr. Maria Mercedes Avila is Associate Professor in the Department of Pediatrics and the Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities (LEND) Program Director at the University of Vermont College of Medicine. She has been involved in numerous SAMHSA and HRSA's MCH programs. Dr. Avila provides training and consultation on Cultural and Linguistic Competency and has trained more than 2500 providers in 46 organizations and across 6 states. Since 2011, Dr. Avila has been invited to lead 28 national presentations and 55 regional sessions on topics related to health disparities, social justice in health care, culturally responsive care and practice, and cultural competence in advocacy and leadership. Through her local, state and national work, she has been nominated for eleven teaching, service and research awards. Dr. Avila was most recently recognized with the 2016 Child Mind Institute National Change Maker Local Hero Award, the 2016 Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD) Multicultural Council Leadership in Diversity National Award, and 2017 Outstanding Faculty Woman Award.


Anne Katona-Linn, M.Ed, BCBA,

Dr. Christine Vining is a bilingual Navajo Speech-Language Pathologist at the Center for Development & Disability, Department of Pediatrics, Health Sciences Center, University of New Mexico in Albuquerque, NM. She provides clinical services, and helps to build capacity and resources across the state through training and technical assistance and information dissemination. She represents the speech-language pathology discipline on the faculty team for the NM Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Related Disabilities (LEND) program. Her interest and work has included improving cultural competency and advancing diversity, equity and inclusion efforts. She facilitates opportunities for infusing cultural and linguistic competence within the LEND curriculum. Presently, she serves as co-chair for the AUCD Multicultural Council and serves on the AUCD Board of Directors, as well as serve on other national boards and committees.


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