About (In Progress)
This cross-disciplinary four-course sequence Certificate will provide the knowledge, perspective, and skills to a cohort of students and professionals of health and social service providers to serve Chicana/o/x, Latina/o/x, and Hispanic communities in a culturally responsive way. Chicana/o/x, Latina/o/x, and Hispanic communities commonly face financial, structural, institutional, cultural, and linguistic barriers that inhibit their access to healthcare and social services. Often, our institutions aim to address these barriers by solely focusing on the need for the Spanish language by the providers, ignoring that caring for these heterogeneous communities requires more than knowing Spanish. Furthermore, these barriers are often exacerbated by well-meaning providers who lack the historical, cultural, and linguistic knowledge to serve these communities adequately because mistakenly assumed they are a homogenous group.
Therefore, this certificate will prepare health care and social service providers to serve the complex needs of Chicana/o/x, Latina/o/x, and Hispanic communities in three significant ways:
- Through a deeper understanding of the factors that have shaped the experience of Chicana/o/x, Latina/o/x, and Hispanic communities in the US, participants will be able to respond more effectively to a variety of barriers limiting the access of these communities to public health and social services.
- The acquisition of basic Spanish language and cultural skills will allow for better client-provider communication to improve the process of health care and social service delivery.
- The direct collaboration with a community organization will offer an opportunity to address a problem related to health care and social services identified by the community