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Cultural Considerations and Health Equity in Dysphagia Management (PD102484)

Presenter(s): Kellyn Dailey Hall, PhD, CCC-SLP; Leslie W Johnson, PhD, CCC-SLP
Course Description

This session explores how health disparities impact dysphagia management and associated outcomes. The speakers present tools and strategies SLPs can use to improve their cultural responsiveness and adopt an inclusive mindset in their approach to patient-centered care for patients with dysphagia.

This course is a recorded session from the 2022 online conference “Controversies and Consensus in Dysphagia Management.”

Learning Outcomes
After completing this session, you will be able to:

  • Identify health disparities and barriers that may impact health outcomes of people with dysphagia in diverse populations
  • List strategies and resources for increasing cultural responsiveness in dysphagia management?
  • Summarize approaches for adopting an inclusive mindset to promote culturally inclusive practices in dysphagia management


  • Introduction
  • Access to Health Services
  • Racial Disparities in Dysphagia 
  • Health Literacy
  • Implicit Bias
  • Building Culturally Responsive Care

DEI Professional Development Requirement

This course counts toward the ASHA certification maintenance professional development requirement for DEI (which encompasses cultural competency; cultural humility; culturally responsive practice; and diversity, equity, and inclusion). See more courses that count toward this requirement or read more about professional development requirements for certification maintenance.

Related Courses

View all courses from the Controversies and Consensus in Dysphagia Management online conference.

Presenter Information

Kellyn Hall, PhD, CCC-SLP, is a clinician, researcher, teacher, and author with over 30 years of experience working in a variety of medical settings. She is currently an Associate Professor in the Communication Sciences and Disorders program at North Carolina Central University, where she teaches dysphagia and other medical speech-language pathology courses.

Financial Disclosures:

  • Associate Professor at North Carolina Central University (NCCU)
  • Financial compensation from ASHA for this presentation (donated to the NCCU student emergency fund)
  • PRN: Clinical SLP, Camden Health & Rehab, Greensboro, NC

Nonfinancial Disclosures:

  • ASHA NC StAMP representative
  • NCSHLA President-elect

Leslie W. Johnson, PhD, CCC-SLP, is an assistant professor in the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders at North Carolina Central University. Her research interest is in medical speech-language pathology, specifically related to adult neurogenics and the influences of cultural background. She has done research and clinical work with a variety of populations, including individuals with traumatic brain injury, stroke, dysphagia, artificial airway, and head and neck cancer.

Financial Disclosures:

  • Assistant Professor at North Carolina Central University (NCCU)
  • Financial compensation from ASHA for this presentation (donated to the NCCU student emergency fund)
  • PRN: Clinical SLP at UNC Hospitals, Chapel Hill, NC

Nonfinancial Disclosures:

  • Emeritus member of the Brain Injury Association of North Carolina Board of Directors

Assessment Type

Self-assessment—Think about what you learned and report on the Completion Form how you will use your new knowledge.

To earn continuing education credit, you must complete the learning assessment by April 30, 2027.

Program History and CE Information

Content origination date: March 2022
End date: April 30, 2027

This course is offered for 0.1 ASHA CEUs (Intermediate level, Professional area).

Subscribers Ratings
PDH: 1
ASHA CEU*: 0.1
Item #(s): PD102484
Available Through: April 30, 2027