Diverse communities: Building cultural competency and humility among nutrition and dietetic professionals.

The International Affiliate of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (IAAND) has become increasingly diverse, with members worldwide. As such, dietetic and nutrition professionals need to be diverse and culturally competent in their knowledge, development and implementation of practices informed by differing cultures, beliefs and attitudes. The social, cultural, and linguistic needs of patients, and the entire community, are critical issues and need to be considered to ensure positive health outcomes. IAAND envisions a future where there is “A global community of dietitians and nutrition professionals who engage in food and nutrition-related health initiatives with diverse populations.” To practice in a professional with a diverse population, there is a necessity for developing a short course focusing on building cultural competency and humility in diverse communities to promote the nutrition and dietetic profession. The current short training course will be titled: Diverse communities: Building cultural competency and humility among nutrition and dietetic professionals. By the end of this online training course, nutrition and dietetic professionals will:

  1. Enhance the awareness and appreciation for the cultural diversity of the nutrition and dietetic professionals
  2. Define and understand concepts of culture, cultural awareness, cultural humility, and cultural competence
  3. Identify how to incorporate cultural humility into the profession of nutrition and dietetic through practical application
  4. Enhance the capacities and skills necessary to work effectively across diverse cultures focusing on issues such as openness, appreciation, and acceptance
  5. Highlight the current critiques to using cultural competence principles and learn how cultural humility can be supplemented to create a more diverse, accepting, welcoming, and reflective working environment

 

Target group:

Arabic speaking dietitians who are members of IAAND. The training course also targets Sudanese who, due to financial constraints, cannot join IAAND. Final year students; Graduate students; Employed Dietitians. Their age is >22 years old, male and female dietitians, from various cultural background, Arabic speakers (understanding, writing, speaking, reading). This 2-hours online training course is expected to reach >500 dietitian and nutrition professionals who speak the Arabic language. The course will be delivered in the Arabic language, with specific terms being highlighted in English (e.g. diversity, competence, humility) and translated into the Arabic language.

The current online course will reach many nutrition and dietetic professionals who are Arabic speakers and might find difficulty in understanding some English terminologies. Due to the COVID 19 pandemic, the course will be offered online with the ability to re-play it at any time and save the video for future returns.

 

Activity Timeline
Expert group member’s selection and commitment 1st July 2021
1st formal meeting 7th July 2021
Development of the English version of the Training course
Enhance the awareness and appreciation for the cultural diversity of the nutrition and dietetic professionals 15th Aug till 1st Oct
Define and understand concepts of culture, cultural awareness, cultural humility, and cultural competence
Identify how to incorporate cultural humility into the profession of nutrition and dietetic through practical application
Enhance the capacities and skills necessary to work effectively across diverse cultures focusing on issues such as openness, appreciation, and acceptance
Current critiques to using cultural competence principles and learn how cultural humility can be supplemented to create a more diverse, accepting, welcoming, and reflective working environment
Revision of the whole work, the addition of further topics and editing issues 2nd Oct till 1st Nov
Development of the Arabic materials of the Training course and piloting the work to make sure that it is clear to the target group 15th Nov till 15th December
Development and Attachment of pamphlets with a summary of the definitions of commonly used terms related to diversity, cultural competency and humility in the nutrition and dietetic work environment in both English and Arabic languages 1st January till 21st January 2022
Converting the training course into a video with graphics 1st February till 1st March
Uploading the video on Youtube and share the link with IAAND and Sudanese nutrition and dietetic professionals 2nd March till 1st April
End of project and submission of the final report 15th April