Webinar – Understanding Cultural Competency in Dietetics: How do we learn and apply it from education to practice?
Canada is known for its diverse population but how well are these groups supported within our healthcare system? The COVID-19 pandemic has shed light on existing knowledge gaps that directly impact the way we practice cultural competency within our profession. Additionally, social justice movements have made dietetic students and professionals reconsider how they learn and practice anti-racist and equity-based approaches. This presentation will go over these knowledge gaps and shed light on how they may increase health disparities within diverse communities as well as reflect on issues faced by BIPOC dietetic professionals and students.
You will learn:
- How to apply cultural competency aspects in your education and practice tools
- Reflective approaches to address implicit and unconscious bias
- Approaches to advocacy for combatting anti-Black racism in education and practice settings
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Gurneet Kaur Dhami
Gurneet Kaur Dhami is an MSc Candidate at Mount Saint Vincent University conducting ground-breaking work on dietetic diversity in Canada. Her thesis “Re-setting the Table: Exploring the Counter-stories of Racialized Dietitians in Canada” is the first dietetic diversity study of its kind to begin exploring racism in the field of dietetics in Canada. As a settler residing in Canada, Gurneet’s identity as a South Asian (Panjabi-Sikh) woman guides her work to be grounded in anti-racism and culturally adapted to ensure a person-centred
care. As a student and activist, Gurneet takes multidisciplinary approaches to bring people and learnings to further social justice conversation in the field of dietetics around racism and food security. She co-leads the Diversify Dietetics- Canada Community Chapter in Canada with Safura, which is a group born out of the American organization, Diversify Dietetics, where dietetic professionals connect and chat about racial/ethnic diversity in dietetics. Feel free to connect with Gurneet online at www.gurneetkdhami.com
Safura Syed is working towards a PhD in the department of Kinesiology (Aging, Health and Well-being). She has completed her BSc.(honours) in Nutrition and Dietetics at Brescia University College, Western University in London. She also holds a Masters in Applied Human Nutrition from Mount Saint Vincent University in Halifax, where she explored the impact of culture on resident centred care and meal satisfaction. Safura will continue to amplify cultural diversity during her doctoral degree. Safura’s interest in dietetics/nutrition, gerontology and diversity are the focus of her projects and advocacy work. She co-leads the Diversify Dietetics- Canada Community Chapter in Canada with Gurneet.