DSW Candidate – Margaret Carey, CSW, 10:30 AM – 11:45AM


Virtual Showcase of DSW Scholars 2024 Event!

If These Mountains Could Speak: What Healthcare Providers Need to Know in Order to Deliver Culturally Competent Care to the Appalachian Region

DSW Candidate – Margaret Carey, CSW

Monday, April 22, 2024

10:30 AM – 11:45AM Eastern Time Zone

Credit Hours: 1.0


If These Mountains Could Speak: What Healthcare Providers Need to Know in Order to Deliver Culturally Competent Care to the Appalachian Region

The Centers for Disease Control (2023) defines healthcare disparities as “preventable differences in the burden of disease, injury, violence, or opportunities to achieve optimal health that are experienced by socially disadvantaged populations.” The Appalachian region has long since been recognized for poor health outcomes. While Appalachia is diverse and expansive, there is commonality amongst the region’s health care disparities.

This presentation will focus on the unique features, culture, and challenges experienced by the region as it pertains to healthcare delivery. Ethnically, culturally, and linguistically diverse populations bring unique needs to healthcare interactions. Regarding healthcare social workers and other healthcare providers, it can be difficult to conceptualize why healthcare disparities within the region persist.

Research that sheds light on the implications of understanding a region’s culture while delivering healthcare services to the region, could lead to interventions that promote healthcare equity. To understand healthcare disparities and make impactful changes in healthcare delivery, the role of culture, environment/geography, and community will be explored throughout the presentation.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Identify the unique challenges in healthcare delivery to the Appalachian region.
  2. Describe the role of cultural competence in healthcare delivery.
  3. Summarize the role that Social Quality Theory has in development of a standardized cultural competency curriculum.

Delivery Method: Live Interactive Training via Zoom Video Conferencing

Credit Hours: 1.0 (ACE)

Target Audience: This conference is intended for social workers and students.


Accreditation: University of Kentucky College of Social Work, Provider # 1377, is approved as an ACE provider to offer social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. Regulatory boards are the final authority on courses accepted for continuing education credit. ACE provider approval period: 9/29/22-9/29/25. Social workers participating in this conference will receive up to 15 general continuing education credits.

Claiming CE Credit: Instructions for claiming CE credit will be disseminated at the beginning of each session.

Questions: If you have any questions regarding CE credit or to report a grievance, please contact Melissa Whitaker at melissa.whitaker@uky.edu. For technical assistance, please contact lmshelp@uky.edu.