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Weaving the Threads of Culture: Working Effectively with American Indians and Alaska Natives (AI/AN)

Course Description:

This course is a series of lessons aimed at providing you with the information needed to improve your ability to communicate more effectively with the American Indian/Alaska Native (AI/AN) community in which you work as a health provider, health planner, counselor or however you interact with the Native communities. We will provide a view of many aspects of American Indian and Alaska Native culture and hopefully remove any stereotypes you may have acquired over your lifetime.

Similar to the stages followed when weaving a blanket, a basket or a sash, each of the lessons will depict a different aspect of culture competence. Just as all of these actions are necessary for the weaving to be a success, the lessons in this cultural competency course are necessary to help you work effectively with American Indians and Alaska Natives.