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MRC of Dutchess County to Offer Cultural Humility Presentation on February 28th

Published: 2/21/2019

Poughkeepsie ... The Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) of Dutchess County will offer a presentation about Cultural Humility on Thursday, February 28, 2019 at 6 p.m. This free, educational session will be held at the Dutchess County Department of Emergency Response, 392 Creek Road, Poughkeepsie. The training is open to the public, but seating is limited so registration prior to the event is required.

Cultural humility refers to a willingness to suspend what a person knows, or thinks they know, about other people based on generalizations about their culture. Led by Department of Behavioral & Community Health (DBCH) Psychologist Christopher St.Germain, Ph.D., the program will take a look at historical influence on our cultural perspective, teach the importance of recognizing the culture of others, and review why cultural humility is so vital in today’s world. Attendees will learn practical methods and techniques they can use to integrate cultural humility into their daily lives.

DBCH Commissioner A.K. Vaidian, MD, MPH, said, “We encourage all of our MRC volunteers to understand cultural humility so, when deployed, they are able to offer the most respectful and compassionate assistance to the members of our diverse community. The discussion and the techniques learned, however, can truly benefit anyone who interacts with customers, patients and others each day.”

The MRC of Dutchess County is part of a national network of more than 200,000 volunteers dedicated to supporting public health infrastructure as well as disaster preparedness and response in the community.  Both medical professionals and non-medical volunteers are always needed.

For more information about the MRC, or to register, please contact MRC Coordinator Joe Ryan at (845) 486-2493 or  For information on upcoming trainings, visit