Healing Social Discrimination: Cultural Competency in Healthcare will be presented by Dr. Erica Kiernan, adjunct faculty member of Bay Path's Master of Public Health program. This presentation will define what cultural competence is and how it applies to public health and healthcare delivery. The concept of implicit bias will be addressed as well as the current health care disparities which exist in our healthcare system. Future steps for improving cultural competence in healthcare will be discussed.
About our Presenter:
Dr. Erica Kiernan
Dr. Kiernan received her bachelor’s degree in science at Old Dominion University. After graduating she served two and a half years in the Peace Corps living in West Africa, Republic of Benin as a health extension volunteer. She is a graduate of the University of St Augustine Doctor of Physical Therapy program and Master of Occupational Therapy program. She completed her PhD in Public Health at the University of Florida. She was full time faculty at the University of St. Augustine from 2008-2020 where she instructed in the physical therapy and occupational therapy curriculum. Currently she is a full time Associate Professor at Allen College where she is lead instructor for the Clinical Neuroscience and Neuromuscular courses. Her research focus is on Parkinson’s disease. She is also an adjunct faculty member of Bay Path's Master of Public Health program.