Room to Grow: Journey to Cultural and Linguistic Competency Mini-Conference

Room to Grow: Journey to Cultural and Linguistic Competency Mini-Conference

Tuesday, November 17, 2015
Location: Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

Date: Tuesday, November 17, 2015
8:00AM to 11:45AM (Students, Community, Staff, and Faculty Welcome to Attend)
Registration and Light Breakfast 8:00AM-8:30 AM

Noon to 2:00 PM (For Professional Staff & Faculty)
Faculty and Professional Staff Lunc

Location: Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
615 N. Wolfe St., Feinstone Hall, 2nd floor Room E2030
Baltimore, MD

Admission Free of Charge following Registration

8:30 AM to 9:30 AM: Journey to Cultural and Linguistic Competency

Senator Shirley Nathan-Pulliam was first elected to public office in the Maryland House of Delegates on November 8, 1994 and reelected in 1998, 2002, 2006 and 2010. Just this past November, she was elected to her first term as Senator to represent the new 44th Legislative District. She is the first Caribbean-born person and the first African-Caribbean Registered Nurse elected to the Maryland General Assembly in its 380 years of history. She holds an Associate of Arts degree from Baltimore City Community College, a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing from the University of Maryland and a Masters degree in Administrative Science from The Johns Hopkins University, Carey Business School. Keenly aware of the problems of health care access and quality, she has been a leading advocate for improved health care for the underserved and health care disparities. She has played major roles in sponsoring legislation creating the Healthcare Disparities Prevention Act, HB 883 and establishing the Office of Minority Health and Health Care Disparities, HB 86. She worked nationally with Senator Ben Cardin on the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act to elevate national Offices of Minority Health in 8 federal agencies.


9:30 AM to10:30AM The Role of Health Literacy and Cultural Humility in Disease Management

Dr. Melissa Valerio, PhD, MPH is the Regional Dean at the University of Texas School of Public Health at Houston, San Antonio Regional Campus. Dr. Valerio's intervention research focuses on the identification of effective and culturally sensitive strategies for promotion of chronic disease prevention and management in marginalized and underserved populations. Her research focuses on the design and translation of educational interventions for practice in community settings. She received her Ph.D. from the University of Michigan, her M.P.H. from the University of Michigan School of Public Health and her B.A. from the University of Texas at Austin. Dr. Valerio serves as Principal Investigator on several federal, state and foundation supported grants focused on integration of a community based participatory research approach. She and colleagues developed the verbal exchange health literacy framework and assessment.


10:45 AM to 11:45 AM Definitions, Determinants, & Disparities- Examining Disability as a Health Disparity Population

Charles E. Drum, MPA, JD, PhD, is Director of the Institute on Disability, a University Center of Excellence in Disability, and a Professor of Health Management and Policy at the University of New Hampshire. Previously, he was Assistant Director for Public Health, Community Outreach, & Policy at the Child Development and Rehabilitation Center, founding director of the Center on Community Accessibility, and an Associate Professor of Public Health and Preventive Medicine at Oregon Health & Science University. He received his PhD from the Heller School for Social Policy at Brandeis University, his MPA and JD from the University of Oregon, and completed a postdoctoral research fellowship at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Dr. Drum is a widely regarded expert in disability and health, particularly in health disparities, health care access, and health promotion. He was the lead editor and authored several chapters in the first disability and public health textbook, lead the development of the first national guidelines on health promotion programs for people with disabilities, and developed the first valid and reliable tool for researchers and clinic managers to measure the accessibility of health clinics.


Noon to 1PM: Lunch for Professional Staff and Faculty 1PM to 2PM: Interactive Lecture and Workshop: Conscious and Unconscious Bias in Health Care: An Innovative CME and Distance Learning Resource

the Director of the National Center for Cultural Competence and is an assistant professor in the Department of Pediatrics, Georgetown University Medical Center in Washington, D.C. She has been on the faculty of the Georgetown University Center for Child and Human Development (GUCCHD), for the past 30 years and has served in many capacities. She has degrees in early childhood education, and education and human development. Professor Goode has extensive experience as a principal investigator for federal and private sector grants and contracts. She is the director of the National Center for Cultural Competence (NCCC) at GUCCHD. She is also the Associate Director of the GUCCHD's University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities and focuses on national level efforts to advance and sustain cultural and linguistic competence in this field.

Learning Objectives: After participation in this seminar, psychologists will be able to:

  1. Identify social determinants that are associated with poor health outcomes and health disparities
  2. Develop strategies to address challenges to health equity
  3. Describe the role and culture and environment in access and engagement in health care for individuals with disability

Level: Intermediate

Kennedy Krieger Institute is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Kennedy Krieger Institute maintains responsibility for this program and its content. 4 CE Credits will be granted to licensed psychologists.This seminar reflects program content and is intended to meet the Maryland license requirement to enhance competence in the provision of psychological services to culturally diverse populations. There is no fee for this seminar.

If an accommodation or assistance for individuals with disabilities is needed please email [email protected] with your request by 11/07/2015.

Conference Sponsor

Maryland Center for Developmental Disabilities

In Partnership with
Hopkins Center for Health Disparities Solutions, Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Related Disabilities (LEND) Program, Leadership Education in Adolescent Health (LEAH), Population, Family and Reproductive Health Bloomberg School of Public Health, and Kennedy Krieger Institute