Structural Competence and Cultural Humility to Address Disparities and Inequities: A Foundational Health Equity Training for LEND Trainees

Thursday, March 17, 2022

Intended Audience 

This training is available to all current LEND trainees. The max capacity for each training is 40 participants. Trainings are on a first-come, first-served basis. For questions, contact Jeanette Córdova at [email protected]. Training dates are listed below.


Learning Objectives: 

  • Demonstrate increased self-awareness of racial, ethnic, and class biases
  • Define cultural and linguistic competency and indicate familiarity with the stages of cultural competency (or continuum)
  • Describe the implications of demographic trends for health disparities
  • Identify links between racial and health inequities and health disparities
  • Integrate National CLAS Standards into practice and service providing
  • Describe how cultural beliefs shape clinical encounters and patients' health outcomes
  • Incorporate structural competence and cultural humility into service providing


Facilitator: Dr. Maria Mercedes Avila

Headshot Dr. Maria ‘Mercedes’ Avila

Maria Mercedes Avila, Ph.D., MSW, MED provides consultation and training on Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Justice and has trained more than 7500 providers across 27 states and 150+ organizations (hospitals, community health centers, departments of health and mental health, mental health and disability agencies, family and youth-serving organizations, higher education institutions, and schools). Since 2011, Dr. Avila has been invited to lead 48 national presentations and 100+ regional sessions on topics related to National CLAS Standards, health disparities, social justice in health care, culturally responsive care and practice, social determinants of health, health and racial equity, and cultural competence in advocacy and leadership. Dr. Avila has received 14 service, training, and research awards for her work on health equity. 

Training Dates 

  • Wednesday, April 20th
    • 11:00 AM - 4:30 PM ET
  • Friday, April 22nd
    • 9:00 AM - 2:30 PM ET
  • Thursday, May 5th
    • 9:00 AM - 2:30 PM ET
Registration Deadline 
Registration will close on Friday, April 15, 2022. Click here to register.





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