Developed by:

Stacey B. Griner, PhD, MPH – Assistant Professor, School of Public Health, University of North Texas Health Science Center

Erica C. Spears, PhD, MA – Assistant Professor, School of Public Health, University of North Texas Health Science Center

Using this Innovative Teaching Award, this team developed an activity to increase cultural competency toward sexual & gender minority (SGM) populations within the MCH context. They developed & pilot tested a lecture including an introduction to SGM populations, reproductive health inequities & cultural competency. Additionally, they developed & pilot tested an assignment to address the needs of SGM populations by incorporating cultural competence into healthcare. Students were asked to (1) select & describe a sexual & reproductive health topic or recommendation (such as prenatal care, family planning, sexually transmitted infection counseling, etc.); (2) summarize the gaps, disparities & needs of SGM populations; (3) determine the appropriate audience (e.g., MCH practitioners, community members, healthcare providers, etc.) to communicate about the reproductive health topic; & (4) incorporate aspects of cultural competency into healthcare through the development of evidence-based materials.

Through this lecture & assignment, future MCH leaders will have the advanced cultural competency skills to (1) modify systems to meet the specific needs of a group, family, community, or population & (2) employ strategies to ensure culturally sensitive public health & health service delivery systems.

Summary of Materials