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DE0009: Think Cultural Health

Date: 10/01/2021 - 9/30/2022
Course Status: Completed
Facility: Online
Location: Online
Instructor: Amanda Gashel
Director: Timothy Ricks
Level: Basic
Audience: Dentists, Hygienists, Assistants, Support Staff
Quota: 1 - 1000 students
Tuition: $0.00
Hours: 6.00 (Total CDE); 6.00 (DANB Non-Clinical); 6.00 (AGD - 130)
Joint Sponsorship: No
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The HHS Office of Minority Health [OMH] developed a cultural competency [now called cultural humility] program for oral health professionals. Think Cultural Health includes three two-hour online modules for a total of six hours of continuing dental education. This program is built upon the National Standards on Culturally and Linguistically Appropriate Services in Health and Health Care [the National CLAS Standards]. The National CLAS Standards offer a framework for individuals working in health and health care on which to build policy, programs and services.

The three courses introduce you to the fundamentals of cultural and linguistic competency and its relevance to oral health care. The courses were designed to be taken sequentially. To receive continuing dental education credit for a specific course, you will need to complete it in its entirety and obtain a minimum passing score 70 on the posttest included at the end of the course. CDE is offered not through IHS [there is no corresponding IHS course], but through OMH. When you have completed and passed the posttest for all three courses, you will have the option of printing a printer-friendly version of the course content from the Resources section under the Toolkit.

This program introduces cultural and linguistic competency skills you can use in your day-to-day practice. These skills and concepts are reinforced through features such as:

· The "Filling in the Gaps" boxes designed to provide you with additional information, resources and applications of the course material;

· "Think About It" questions to encourage your reflection on the information;

· "Cultural Connections" boxes designed to provide you with additional, culturally specific information about issues related to oral health; and

· Video vignettes that show you how to adopt the skills and concepts into your own environment.

Learning Objectives:

Upon completion of this course, the participant will be able to:

1. Expand your patient base by providing more culturally and linguistically appropriate care to a wider diversity of patients;
2. Deliver a higher quality of care to help your patients meet their oral health care goals, while honoring and respecting their cultural beliefs and practices;
3. Decrease clinical errors that may arise due to cultural and linguistic differences in communication and differences in oral health literacy;
4. Gain essential tools to help recognize and lessen the racial and ethnic health care disparities that persist in oral health.

Speaker / Presenter:

Amanda Gashel — For follow-up questions, please contact the speaker at

Disclosure Policy:

It is the policy of the Indian Health Service, Division of Oral Health, that faculty/planners disclose any financial or other relationships with commercial companies whose products may be discussed in the educational activity. The Indian Health Service, Division of Oral Health, also requires that faculty disclose any unlabeled or investigative use of pharmaceutical products and medical devices. Images that have been falsified or manipulated to misrepresent treatment outcomes are prohibited.

None of the faculty/planners for this activity has a conflict of interest, and there is no use of unlabeled or investigative pharmaceutical products or medical devices. No images have been falsified or manipulated to misrepresent treatment outcomes.The educational objectives, content, and selection of educational methods and instructors are conducted independent of any commercial entity.

The IHS Division of Oral Health is an ADA CERP Recognized Provider

The IHS Division of Oral Health is an accredited sponsor of continuing education under the American Dental Association Continuing Education Recognition Program (CERP). ADA CERP is a service of the American Dental Association to assist dental professionals in identifying quality providers of continuing dental education. ADA CERP does not approve or endorse individual courses or instructors, nor does it imply acceptance of credit hours by boards of dentistry. Concerns or complaints about a CE provider may be directed to the IHS at IHS CDE Coordinator or to the Commission for Continuing Education Provider Recognition at



Tuition Payment Information:

Tuition Policy:

Tuition must be paid in full 8 weeks prior to the start date of any course. Request for refunds must be received in writing at least two weeks before the course begins. For each refund request, there will be an administrative charge of $100. No refunds will be made to registrants who fail to attend a course. If IHS CDE program cancels a course, then 100% of the tuition will be refunded.