INSIGHTS ON CONVENING OF AGING PROFESSIONALS – Post 4
In effort to provide insights, address questions and foster clarity around the function, expectations and importance of the upcoming National Convening of Aging Professionals, GRIOT Circle provides post #4 in this Q&A series.
Please use the comment tab at the bottom of this post to expand the discussion on this topic and present your questions.
WHERE CAN I WATCH OR READ A REPORT OF WHAT HAPPENS DURING THE TWO-DAY CONVENING IN D.C.?
Another intended outcome of the Convening will be written reports of all interactions, discussions, decisions, suggestions made there. We’re having a team of volunteers who will ensure faithful and detailed transcriptions will be shared with our funder and the general public. These documents will also be made available on GRIOT Circle’s website and Blog.
As stated earlier, this Convening marks a historic moment in U.S. public health where the needs of the POC LGBT elder community will be addressed competently and openly.
WILL ISSUES FACED BY CAREGIVERS BE ADDRESSED AND SOLVED?
Absolutely! One major challenge to chronic health care disparities is provider cultural competency or lack thereof. It’s easy to talk about promoting positive health behaviors and encouraging healthier lifestyles among the POC LGBT elders, but it’s quite another thing to translate this into language, tools and concepts readily accessible to this population. Cultural competence, at the provider level and at the institutional level, is a key goal of education on POC LGBT aging health issues. A provider’s lack of cultural competence has been shown to negatively affect not only provider-patient interaction and care-giving, but also the patient’s care seeking behavior. Conversely, it’s a well established health care fact that the provisions of health care services that are respectful of and responsive to the health beliefs, practices and needs of diverse patients can help close the gap in health care outcomes.
Posted on September 30, 2011, in Elder Advocacy, Equality, Healthy + Happy, Living with AIDS, Mental Health, My Bisexual Lifestyle, My Gay Lifestyle, My Lesbian Lifestyle, My Transgender Lifestyle, My Two-Spirit Lifestyle, Pride & Politics, Retired & Living and tagged Caregiver, Health care. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.