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Speak Spanglish: Caring for the Latin Community

COURSE NUMBER: 675

Amber Lovatos, RDH, BSDH

Credit Hours:

1.5 Hour(s)

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The “meta” or goal of this course is to equip dental professionals to better understand the cultural factors affecting our patients’ behaviors so that we can increase equity in the minority community. You will learn the “why” behind some of...

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Overview

The “meta” or goal of this course is to equip dental professionals to better understand the cultural factors affecting our patients’ behaviors so that we can increase equity in the minority community. You will learn the “why” behind some of the behaviors in the Hispanic and Latin communities, become familiar with the nuances of dealing with Latins, environmental factors that contribute to their decision making, and learn how to leverage our similarities.


Have you ever wished you could do more for your patient but found that culture has been a barrier? I think we have all noticed there is certain misinformation passed along in different cultures. Even as healthcare workers, we often experience this with our own families. As a Mexican American myself, I know a great deal of the different "medical tips" that are passed along from our favorite "tia" (aunt) or the overly helpful "vecino" (neighbor). These behaviors are far too common in the Hispanic and Latin community. They are also behaviors I try to understand and empathize with so that I can better care for my minority patients.

  • Intended Audience:

    Dentists, Dental Hygienists, Dental Students, Dental Hygiene Students, Dental Assistants, Dental Assisting Students, Dental Educators, Office Managers

  • Date Course Online:

    Aug 10, 2023

  • Last Revision Date:

    Aug 11, 2023

  • Course Expiration Date:

    Aug 10, 2024

  • Cost:

    Free

  • Method:

    Self-instructional

  • AGD Subject Code(s):

    558

  • Technical Requirements:

    Stable internet connection and the latest version of browser and device software are recommended.

Learning Objectives

Upon the completion of this course, the dental professional should be able to:


  • Identify barriers to dental care in the Hispanic and Latin community.
  • Modify their care to increase comfortability among Hispanic and Latin patients.
  • Differentiate between Latin and Hispanic patients.
  • Incorporate culturally appropriate language into their care.

Disclaimers

  • P&G is providing these resource materials to dental professionals. We do not own this content nor are we responsible for any material herein.
  • Participants must always be aware of the hazards of using limited knowledge in integrating new techniques or procedures into their practice.  Only sound evidence-based dentistry should be used in patient therapy.

Note:  Registration is required to take test.

Author(s)

Conflict of Interest Disclosure Statement

The author reports no conflicts of interest associated with this course. She has no relevant financial relationships to disclose.

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Amber Lovatos

RDH, BSDH

Amber Lovatos, RDH, BSDH, has been compassionately blazing trails personally and professionally for more than 10 years. As a clinician, educator, author, podcaster, content creator and champion for public health issues, she inspires industry...

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Submission Information

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Recognition

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Approved PACE Program Provider

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Nationally Approved PACE Program Provider for FAGD/MAGD credit.

Approval does not imply acceptance by any regulatory authority or AGD endorsement.


8/1/2021 to 7/31/2027

Provider ID# 211886

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