Week 1 discussion forum

As a health care professional, it is essential to be culturally competent. Many health care professionals find it challenging to work with culturally different groups and often do not develop a proficient level of working with diverse groups. Developing cultural competence will become increasingly more important as diversity continues to grow in the United States. Review Chapter 5 in The handbook of health and behavior change and the article by Horevitz, Lawson, Chow, & Julian (2013) then address the following questions in your response:

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  • Explain what it means to be culturally competent.
  • Assess why it is important to be a culturally competent health care provider.
  • Elaborate on the importance of possessing cultural sensitivity.
  • Explain two effective strategies discussed in The handbook of health and behavior change to build cultural competence.

Use two of the required resources listed under the Week 1 tab to support your research and findings. All sources must be referenced and cited according to APA guidelines as outlined in the Writing Center. Your initial post should be at least 250 words in length.

Guided Response: Respond to at least two classmates by Day 7. Share one quality about your culture that you feel may be different than your classmates. What are some questions you might have for your classmates about different cultures? Each response should be at least 100 words in length.

Sandra Maydwell

Sep 6, 2021 at 3:08 PM

Hello class,


My name is Sandy Maydwell and I live near Dallas, Tx. I am married with three grown children, and I grew up in the south, but have been living in Virginia for a long time. Three years ago we decided to move to Texas, and I love it. It’s true what they say about Texas, we really are our own little country.

I have struggled with weight, sciatica, and osteoarthritis since my mid-twenties. I agree with Hippocrates that we should let our food be our medicine, and I have seen many people turn their health around by altering their diet. I am happy to say that I am one of those people. To that end, I have been a health and wellness advocate to help others accomplish the same goal – to gain freedom of movement and from pain so that they can live their lives again, without the misery of chronic illnesses.

I already have my own wellness business. I’m not sure what I will learn from this particular course, but my aim in pursuing this degree was to increase my knowledge base so I am more effective in helping my clients. My job title is Health and Wellness Coach, location is various, hours are various. Pay is dependant on how much time I put in, but I know others who make six figures. The best benefit is seeing others recover from debilitating health issues.

Sandy M.

rittney Goytia

Sep 7, 2021 at 12:54 AM

Hello Class,

My name is Brittney and I’m very excited to be 5 weeks away from earning a BA in Health and Wellness! My desire to obtain this degree has been to increase my general knowledge and build a foundation in health behavior, common illnesses, prevention and treatment. Through my course I have gained a foundation in understanding health and feel blessed to have recently started working in a medical facility that offers homeopathy, osteopathic medicine, Chinese medicine, and weight management care. There is a lot of opportunities for growth. Currently I work on the administrative end of the clinic. After this course I will take a personal training course and nutrition coaching. My goal is to become a health care coach, work 5 days a week in my local area. If I worked in a clinic, like the one I am in now, I would benefit from assess to integrative care, aesthetic treatments and flexible hours. Another benefit of health coaching is that it can be done remotely. I can offer coaching around the world and fill a work day with in-person and online clients.

Recently, a longer term goal I have been contemplating is getting a MA in Health Administration. This type of work would switch my role back to the administrative end of health care. This career route would increase the hours I work, the amount I get paid, and reduce my schedule flexibility as health administrators are often in managerial positions. The pay off would be a higher income compared to a health coach. The average base income for a health administrator per year is $71,000 per year. Whereas a health coach is about $48,000 per year (Payscale, n.d.).


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