Our OneWorld presenters included:
Andrea Skolkin - CEO
Nikki West - Social Work Supervisor
Tasha Conley - Director of Nursing
Jeremy Howe - Physician and Associate Director of OneWorld Satellite Clinics
Mindee Swanson – Nurse Practitioner (Expert in children and adolescent care)
Panel 1: Social Determinants of Health
According to Health People 2030 "social determinants of health are the conditions in the environments where people are born, live, learn, work, play, worship, and age that affect a wide range of health, functioning, and quality-of-life outcomes and risks."
Our OneWorld panelists provided examples of social determinants of health that they have personally witnessed with their patients. This includes food insecurities, language barriers, barriers to accessing resources of fear of government, their living atmospheres, transportation issues, and paying for appointments. They also provided examples of challenges they have encountered on addressing social determinants that relate to their own health, and how to stay educated.
We learned that OneWorld tries to remove some of the barriers by:
-Offering transportation to appointments
-Medical-Legal Partnership with Immigrant Legal Center
-Medication Assistance Program
-Food pantries on site & food deliveries
Our panelists were able to offer advice to our AHEC Scholars on how to identify and intervene when they spot social determinants at play. This includes being sensitive, creating a therapeutic relationship with patients, being aware of your body language and communicating with compassion and sensitivity, and overall treating the person not the medical problem.
Panel 2: Cultural Competency & Humility
According to the American Psychological Association "cultural competence is loosely defined as the ability to understand, appreciate and interact with people from cultures or belief systems different from one's own."
Our panelists gave us their definitions of what it means to be culturally competent, especially in relation to the healthcare field. These examples included displaying empathy and trying to put yourself in the patients' shoes, balancing your cultural competence with individuality, being aware of the patients' culture and their practices, removing personal biases, understanding our own cultures, and asking the patient questions.
They provided examples of how to display cultural competency and humility when working with patients. Our panelists discussed that asking open-ended questions is important. Further, showing that you care and displaying respect are vital in order to make the patient feel at ease.
To learn more about OneWorld, please visit OneWorld (oneworldomaha.org).