Bariatric surgery patients represent diverse ethnic and racial backgrounds, a variety of religions, primary languages, sexual and gender identities. Patients bring their own cultural traditions, perspectives and expectations to bariatric care. This course will focus on increasing IH professional’s ability to provide culturally competent care to their patients.

The learning objectives of this course are for participants to:

  1. Demonstrate an understanding of cultural diversity and the importance of cultural competence when working with bariatric patients.
  2. Demonstrate an understanding of the roles and responsibilities of interdisciplinary teams in assessing biases, stereotypes, and levels of cultural competence in working with patients.
  3. Discuss how cultural beliefs shape patients’ interpretation and experience of obesity and weight loss.
  4. Demonstrate an understanding of disparities of diverse populations within bariatrics.
  5. Use effective cultural communication strategies when interacting with others.

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3:45pm Topic 1: Best Practices for Racial and Ethnic Minority Patients
Mario Masrur, MD
4:05pm Topic 2: Understanding Cultural Underpinnings of Eating Behaviors among African American and Hispanic Bariatric Surgery Patients
Clinton Bolton, PhD; Sylvia Herbozo, PhD
4:25pm Topic 3: Nutrition Considerations for Middle Eastern and Muslim Bariatric Surgery Patients
Beth Czerwony, MS RD LD
4:45pm Questions and Discussions
5:00pm Adjourn