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Tue, Oct 29, 2019, 02:00 PM – Tue, Oct 29, 2019, 03:00 PM


$39.00 ASHHRA Member; $79.00 ASHHRA Non-member



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Health professional education programs are increasingly attuned to the need for the health care workforce to reflect the growing racial, ethnic and economic diversity of the U.S. population. Only with transformative learning can health professionals apply their competency-based training and address the dynamic needs of an increasingly diverse patient population amidst a shifting and complex health landscape. Ethnocultural empathy is empathy towards racial and ethnic minorities, and is a requisite competency in eliminating racial/ethnic health disparities. 

This webinar will provide participants with a few key applications from the new, research-informed curriculum at the George Washington (GW) School of Medicine and Health Services. To create this new curriculum, GW faculty led a mixed-methods study to determine course format and content most suitable for teaching and assessing empathy among traditional and non-traditional learners working with racial and ethnic minorities in a range of health care settings.


  1. Describe ethnocultural empathy as a measurable competency of a health care professional. 
  2. Identify real-world applications from the GW School of Medicine and Health Services new curriculum.
  3. Name a diverse and caring health care workforce as a priority for health equity. 


Dr. Maranda C. Ward

Dr. Maranda C. Ward is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Clinical Research and Leadership within the GW School of Medicine and Health Sciences. In this role, she designs, evaluates, and teaches health equity curriculum for undergraduate students that integrates her #EquityMatters podcast.

She also serves as the Ambassador Program Lead for the GW Health Careers Opportunity Program. With this pipeline program, she ensures that students from underrepresented backgrounds are fully supported as they are introduced to the range of health professions and the social, technical, and professional skills necessary to be successful. However, when asked, she describes herself as a community educator, curriculum developer, and youth builder.

When she is not teaching or serving on-campus, she is engaged in DC in a range of capacities. The DC Mayor, Muriel Bowser, appointed her to fill the Ward 8 seat on the Mayor's Commission on Health Equity. The National Minority Quality Forum recognized her as one of the 2019 "40 Under 40" Leaders in Minority Health and the Leadership Center also added her as a 2019 “40 Under 40” honoree among young leaders in the metropolitan DC area.

Maranda earned her Doctorate in Education from GW, her Master's in Public Health from Tulane University, and her Bachelor's degrees in Sociology and Anthropology from Spelman College. 

For more information, visit www.marandaward.com