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Depression Management 6: Depression in Culturally Diverse Older Adults

Depression Management 6: Depression in Culturally Diverse Older Adults

Jefferson Medical College of Thomas Jefferson University
Nancy L. Chernett, MPH, Tracey Vause-Earland, OTR/L, Tarae Waddell-Terry, MS, Reena Antony, MPH
Geriatric Education Center (GEC)
Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA)
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Depression disparities among culturally diverse older adults is a growing public health concern. Many challenges including access to care and system barriers, limited English proficiency, patient-provider discordance, cost and cultural stigmatism are factors of disparities. However, emerging body of pilot programs shares innovative approaches towards depression care among racially and ethically older adults. This module discusses attitudes and beliefs about depression and disparities in access and acceptance of mental health services in culturally diverse older adults. It also includes pre-test, post-test and exercises. A certificate of completion is awarded, after completing the module in its entirety.

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Upon completion of this module, the participant will be able to:

  • Discuss disparities in depression care among racially and ethnically diverse populations.
  • Identify the need for culturally-tailored depression interventions.
  • Describe examples of culturally-tailored depression interventions.
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Technical Requirements and Notes: This learning module uses Adobe Flash media and may require you to add a browser "plug-in" in order to display properly. Most computers already have this free plug-in installed. But, if yours does not, it is very easy to download and install. Try the module first because the software is "smart" enough to detect the Flash player. If the module doesn't begin, you will be automatically prompted to download the plug-in. The module contains links to external websites which will open in a new browser window. Your browser's back button will not return to the module, so these new windows should be closed.

In order to track your progress, you must create an account and fill out a brief demographic profile. Once the profile has been created, you can log directly into the course.

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30 minutes
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Suggested Citation:
Ms. Reena Antony, MPH, Mrs. Tracey Vause-Earland, MS, OTR/L, Ms. Nancy L. Chernett, MA, MPH and Tarae Waddell-Terry, MS. Depression Management 6: Depression in Culturally Diverse Older Adults. POGOe - Portal of Geriatrics Online Education; 2010 Available from: