Professional Development: APHA 2016, Ravindran
This conference is directly relevant to the goals of the applicant's institution and program. The EthnoMed program seeks to help reduce disparities affecting immigrant and refugee populations by enhancing understanding between the medical culture and the culture of the patient. One goal of Harborview/EthnoMed is to grow the audience for our health materials beyond Seattle/King County, under a broader mission within our Department of Interpreter Services to reduce health disparities affecting limited English proficiency patient populations. To that purpose, ?What are Mammograms and Breast Cancer? A Guide for Somali Women,? a film produced by EthnoMed with support from NNLM/PNR, has been accepted to show as part of APHA's Global Film Festival. This is an excellent opportunity to share a key piece of health education for Somali women to a wide, diverse audience. Due to the applicant's educational background and role in producing health material, the APHA Annual Meeting is an excellent opportunity to learn from other public health professionals and build skills in effective health communication. Notable topic areas include health literacy, social media and health communication, culture and health, health disparities, and refugee/immigrant health. The applicant has a Master of Public Health degree, and works closely with her hospital's staff regarding its immigrant and refugee patient population.