Adapting Health Interventions for Improved Cultural Relevance

Cathy Meade, PhD, RN, FAAN

Cathy Meade, PhD, RN, FAAN

Cathy Meade began the session by discussing ways in which organizations can develop interventions that are tailored to the communities they serve.   In order to establish these interventions, Dr. Meade suggests pulling together different members of the community to gather their perspective on issues that surround the community.

Dr. Meade suggested interventions involve a “top down then bottom up” methodology.  This methodology implies that an evidence based curriculum is reviewed by the target population and then should be tailored to meet their needs.

To conclude the session, Dr. Meade gave an example from her field work of how utilization of all the components can lead to culturally relevant interventions.