FREE Webinar: African American History for Health Care Providers

The Center for Public Health Continuing Education here at U Albany has just announced a free webinar as a part of their series on structural competence. The webinar will be held October 19th. The title is African American History for Health Care Providers.

Dr. Mindy Thompson Fullilove will examine the history of the African American people, with a particular focus on the unceasing struggle for full equality. Beginning with the oppression of slavery, continued in the inequality enforced by Jim Crow, and now confronted by the horrors of serial forced displacement, African Americans have utilized every tool at their disposal to gain their rights and assert their humanity. This lecture will review challenges and responses, using film, music, photographs and original documents. It will give health care providers a sound foundation for considering the structural and cultural issues African Americans face in managing excess risk for many diseases.

Additional information, including how to register, will be up on our website very soon. I also thought you might like to know about our new, free series of certificates we are calling Advancing Cultural Competency in the Public Health and Health Care Workforce. It is the first program of its kind in the country to offer a series of certificates in structural competency.

Structural competence refers to the capacity of practitioners to recognize and respond to the ways in which broad social, political and economic mechanisms contribute to the vulnerability and ill health of the individuals and communities we serve.

Participants may earn individual certificates in Advancing Cultural Competency for American Indian, Latino/a, African American and Black, and Asian populations in New York. Those who earn all four certificates may also earn an additional one for the whole program. There are four themes for the programs: 1.) historical frames of oppression; 2.) present day socio-political barriers and challenges to health; 3.) activism and advocacy within the community related to health; and 4.) clinical case studies.

Certificates are also currently available for the American Indian and Latino series.

Each course also offers a variety of free continuing education credits, including CNE contact hours.

Participants must register through the NYS Department of Health Learning Management System (LMS) to take the courses. For more information on the certificate program, course content, and step-by-step registration instructions, please see the quick start guidebook on the Enrollment tab of our website,

The Advancing Cultural Competency in the Public Health and Health Care Workforce program is funded through a grant from the NYS Department of Health.

If you have questions, please write.

Michelle Wasilewski Cravetz, MS, RN-BC, APHN-BC
Primary Nurse Planner Center for Public Health Continuing Education
University at Albany School of Public Health
1 University Place, GEC-200 Rensselear NY 12144-3445