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Annual Cultural Awareness Workshop Addresses Healthcare Access for Patients with Differing Abilities

Alicia Jacobs, M.D.
Associate Professor of Family Medicine Alicia Jacobs, M.D., will moderate a panel discussion on "Experiences of Patients with Differing Abilities" at the 13th Annual Cultural Awareness Workshop at UVM Feb. 19, 2014. (Photo: Raj Chawla/UVM Med Photo)

The 13th Annual Cultural Awareness Workshop, titled “Accessible Healthcare: Caring for Patients with Differing Abilities,” took place on Wednesday, February 19. The event was supported by the UVM College of Medicine’s Department of Family Medicine, Office of Diversity and Inclusion, and Office of Medical Student Education, along with the College of Nursing and Health Sciences, and a TOPMEd – Team-Oriented, Patient-Centered Medical Education – grant from the U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration.

The half-day symposium was designed to introduce health care students and professionals to the knowledge, skills, and attitudes needed to provide competent, comprehensive, and sensitive care to individuals with differing abilities.

Members of the UVM College of Medicine Class of 2017, as well as graduate nursing students were among the attendees at the event, which featured a keynote presentation, titled “What is Disability?” by UVM College of Nursing and Health Sciences Dean Patricia Prelock, Ph.D. Other activities included a panel discussion on “Experiences of Patients with Differing Abilities” moderated by Alicia Jacobs, M.D., associate professor of family medicine, and clinical skills breakout sessions. In addition, attendees had the opportunity to visit community tables in the Fireside Lounge during breaks throughout the event.

The conference's co-directors were Karen Burke, M.D., associate professor and associate residency director in family medicine, and Martha Seagrave, PA-C, B.S.N., associate professor of family medicine.

For more information, contact Pamela Bell in the Department of Family Medicine at .