Practicing & Teaching Cultural Inclusivity in Adolescent HC

with Lisa Barkley, Paritosh Kaul, Veronica Svetaz, and Mae Sylvester

Date and Time: Tuesday, October 29, 2013 | 12:00 p.m. CDT/ 1:00 p.m. EDT/ 10:00 a.m. PDT (Duration 90 Minutes)

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Would you be interested in applying the principles of cross-cultural communication to your clinical practice and training of adolescent health professionals? This webinar will assist participants with conceptualizing the theories of cultural competence and their application to adolescent health. This framework will first be applied to a clinical model for adolescent health care; then to mechanisms to assess and foster a culture of inclusiveness for education of adolescent health professionals; and to the adolescent healthcare work environment.

Learning Objectives

At the conclusion of the webinar, participants will be able to:

  1. Apply key elements of a theoretical framework for cultural inclusivity to adolescent health care.
  2. Operationalize application of this theoretical framework to their adolescent clinical practice.
  3. Restructure their adolescent health work environment to apply this framework to teach and foster cultural inclusiveness.
Target audience: Adolescent health providers, adolescent healthcare training program faculty, adolescent health professional school faculty, health profession students interested in adolescent health care


About your instructors

Lisa Barkley, MD, is the assistant dean for Diversity and Inclusion and an assistant professor of medicine in the University of Central Florida’s College of Medicine. Dr. Barkley provides leadership in developing and guiding the college’s comprehensive strategy for diversity and inclusion. She is a board certified family physician with subspecialty board certification in adolescent and sports medicine. She has more than 15 years of experience in the clinical, administrative and educational spheres of medicine and higher education. Her focus is patient-centered quality care and healthcare education, especially for adolescent populations impacted by health disparities.

Paritosh Kaul, MD, FSAHM, is the Associate Professor of Pediatrics at Children’s Hospital University of Colorado: School of Medicine. He specializes in Adolescent Medicine. Additionally, he is the Director of the Culturally Effective Medicine Thread at the Medical School. The City and County of Denver issued a proclamation commending his work serving the youth within Denver in 2007. Currently, he is on the Board of Directors of the Society for Adolescent Health and Medicine serving as Director of Publications. He has written for textbooks and medical journals and has released published works a number of times. His areas of interest are underserved youth, medical education, and cultural competency.

Maria Veronica Svetaz, MD, MPH, is a Faculty Family Practice and Adolescent Health Boarded physician at HCMC Department of Family and Community Medicine, and an Assistant Professor at the Department of Family and Community Medicine, University of Minnesota. Originally from Argentina, Dr. Svetaz completed her medical school and internal medicine residency and Chief Residency at the University of Buenos Aries, Argentina. She came to the University of Minnesota in 1996 to join the Division of Pediatrics and Adolescent Health LEAH training program for a two-year fellowship. At the same time, she completed a Master in Public Health , Maternal and Child Major and completed her Family Medicine Residency at Region's Hospital. She was a member of the national team that drafted the 2002 "Consensus Statement on Health Care Transitions for Young Adults with Special Needs", endorsed by AAP/AAFP/ACP/ASIN (published in Pediatrics, 2002). She has been the medical Director of "Aqui Para Ti/Here for You" youth development program since its beginning in 2002. Her research includes working with bilingual youth, chronic illness and youth, issues around parenting that youth, educating practitioners to better work with minority youth, on how to use CBPR (Community Based Participatory Research) and how to achieve Health Equity for the whole community. She was a member of the Immigrant Health Task Force, organized by Minnesota Department of Health (MDH).

Mae Seely Sylvester, MS, serves as education coordinator in the Division of General Pediatrics and Adolescent Health, Dept. of Pediatrics, University of Minnesota Medical School. Her work has focused on development of training to improve clinical communication skills for providers who care for adolescents, and on integration of human diversity in training curricula. She was lead author on Preventive Care for Adolescents: A Training Plan for Primary Care Providers (2003), and recently co-authored a curriculum for involving youth in communications training, Applying the YouthCHAT Model to Health Care Provider Training in Your State (2013). She provided a one-day training in the use of this curriculum to state Adolescent Health Coordinators and other trainers from Mississippi, Colorado and New Mexico in January, 2013, under the auspices of the State Adolescent Health Coordinators Resource Center (SAHRC). In collaboration with staff from the Minnesota Department of Health, she provides communications training to public health workers at various locations throughout Minnesota, most recently at Bemidji, where she trained local youth to participate as co-teachers in the training (June, 2013). In 2009-2010, Ms. Sylvester led the University of Minnesota team that participated in the competitively-selected Maternal Child Health National Peer Collaborative on Diversity. She co-presented at the University of Minnesota-Duluth Diversity Summit (2011), serves as diversity coordinator for her Division, and serves on the Diversity Committee of the Society for Adolescent Health and Medicine (SAHM). As coordinator of UMN’s Interdisciplinary Fellowship, she has instituted the practice of seating the fellowship year in awareness of diversity within the program cohort and faculty, establishing an environment for reciprocal teaching and learning through personal storytelling at orientation.


Cancellations will be accepted through end of business Friday, October 25, 2013 Registrants who cancel within that time will receive a refund, minus a $10 service fee. Cancellations received after that day will not be refunded.

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