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The Impact of Colonial Mentality on HealthCare Delivery Syst. Striving for Equitable Systems of Care

Date: October 19, 2020 - June 30, 2021

The Impact of Colonial Mentality on HealthCare Delivery Systems, Striving for Equitable Systems of Care

A self-paced e-learning video

Please join academic partner and subject matter expert, Dr. Christopher King, Ph.D., FACHE, Associate Professor of the Department of Health Systems Administration at Georgetown University, on a pre-recorded e-learning opportunity continuing the 2020-2021 Cultural Linguistic Competency Project.

This session is the second of eight webinars for the 2020-2021 Technical Assistance webinars and is formatted as a self-paced e-learning video (25 minutes) that seeks to look at the institutionalization of beliefs – beliefs that cast certain racial minorities as “other” and first created and then magnified healthcare disparities.
There are six overarching goals of this webinar:

  • Contextualize factors that shape health and well-being
  • Reflect on western colonization and the effect it has had and continues to have on the systems and structures that govern our society
  • Share examples of how colonial mentality shows up in contemporary healthcare settings
  • Examine the complexity of “patriotism” in the context of colonialism
  •  Examine how forms of injustice and oppression affect health and access to timely healthcare services

Please find a time and safe space where you may have the presence of mind to view this video. Please register below. Once registration is complete, an automatic email will be delivered with the video link.


This self-paced e-learning video explores the impact of colonial mentality on healthcare delivery systems.
Dr. Christopher King leads us on a historical journey exploring the key impacts of colonialism and how past policy and programming implemented by colonizers continue to impact the healthcare system today.
In addition to a brief overview of American history, the objectives of this webinar include identifying how colonial mentality exists today and policy examples, the importance of recognizing proper preservation of heritage versus the imposing of “normatives”, and the application of changes/approaches from the role of patient, provider, and administration to ensure health equity.

The intended audience will learn the following points:
 Defining colonial mentality and understanding the impact on today’s healthcare system
Why: In order to become better providers, examine how forms of injustice and oppression affect health and access to timely healthcare services
How: Reduce identified forms of injustice and oppression in support of providing further equitable, quality healthcare services

Cultural competence is a journey and not a destination.
When it comes to cultural competence, everyone from the executive director to the receptionist can be a teacher and a learner. None of us can see a situation through the lens of every culture. But we CAN create a space where all our patients/clients and coworkers get heard.

We seek to establish the values and communal agreement of how we will approach difficult topics in order to create a safe space for hard conversations on what is impacting our mental health and addiction professionals while continuing to work within the context of being trauma-informed and strengths-based in our application.

Cultural Competency Enhancement Project:
The goal of the Cultural Competency Enhancement Project since 1996 has been to provide training services and technical assistance for community mental health centers and addiction providers throughout Indiana. Training services are designed to improve organizational effectiveness and efficiency in providing culturally competent services. Indiana's Division of Mental Health and Addiction is excited to offer the 2020-2021 technical assistance webinar series.

Cultural Linguistic Competency & Health Disparities
Vision: People of all cultures and ethnicities partnering with local and state systems to achieve equity in access, services, interventions, and outcomes in our systems.
Mission: Facilitate cultural and linguistic competency strategies throughout Indiana’s state and local systems to improve outcomes for populations vulnerable to disparities and disproportionalities.

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