Cultural Competency Is a Learned — and Necessary — Skill

Suggested CDR Learning Codes: 1000, 1040, 1060, 1130, 1140, 6000, 6020, 6070; Level 2

This continuing education course will give RDs an introduction to the importance of being culturally competent. It will examine how they can become aware of and knowledgeable about cultural competency, as well as some strategies they can use when counseling clients of diverse cultures and backgrounds, especially those of Asian, African American, Latino-Hispanic, and Middle Eastern cultures.

Course content was written by Debbie Polisky, MS, MBA, an award-winning bilingual nutritionist and owner of Words & Health, LLC, which offers bilingual health communication and consulting services. Originally from Argentina, she now lives in Arizona.

Learning Objectives

After completing this continuing education course, nutrition professionals should be able to:

  1. Define cultural competency and the three core dimensions that can contribute to effective counseling.
  2. List the seven approaches suggested in the CE article to become culturally competent.
  3. Describe four international cultures in the United States that RDs might come across in their daily practice, and know some of the counseling skills suggested for each of these cultures.
  4. Know how to evaluate your and your staffs’ level of cultural competence.
Course summary
Available credit: 
  • 2.00 CDR
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Available Credit

  • 2.00 CDR


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