Cultural Awareness Conference 2017

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

7:30 am - 12:00 pm 

topmednewlogo200x200Promoting Patient-Centered Care and Cultural Awareness

The Cultural Awareness Workshop is an annual half-day conference organized and sponsored by the Department of Family Medicine.

7:30–8:00am  Registration/breakfast
8:00–8:20      Introduction/housekeeping
8:20–9:20      Keynote Speaker- Dr. Rachel DiSanto
9:20–9:35      Break
9:35–10:30    Breakout rooms to present SP cases, discussion
10:30–10:45  Reconvene – questions
10:45–11:45  Panel, with questions
11:45–12:00  Wrap-up


 As a result of this interprofessional session participants will be able to:
• Define Human Trafficking and recognize its impact in Vermont.
• Discuss the epidemiology and public health implications of human trafficking.
• Describe the health impacts (physical and emotional) of human trafficking and pertinent needs of victims.
• Discuss how to recognize and refer potential trafficking victims.
• Articulate the main barriers and challenges associated with human trafficking.
• Describe person-focused and trauma-informed interviewing techniques when working with suspected victims.
• Discuss the importance of team collaboration and cultural humility in addressing needs of victims and their families.

2017: Human Trafficking in Vermont: Recognition and Response

The sixteenth annual Cultural Awareness Workshop is a half-day symposium designed to introduce health care students and professionals to the knowledge, skills, and attitudes needed to provide competent, comprehensive, and sensitive care to address the impact of human trafficking on patient health.

Conference Speakers and Faculty


Rachel DiSanto, M.D. 

DiSantoDr. DiSanto, M.D.'04, clinical assistant professor of family medicine, is a wife, mother and family doctor in a rural community in Northeastern Vermont. She practices both inpatient and outpatient medicine and enjoys teaching medical students and residents both in her practice and at the University of Vermont. One of her passions is medical missions to the developing world. She has participated on numerous short term medical teams and has focused in recent years on teams that help victims of human trafficking. This has led to work in her state on a College of Medicine task force to develop a curriculum for educating medical and nursing students about the issue of human trafficking and how to recognize victims in the healthcare setting. She speaks throughout the state to medical audiences on the topic. She also serves on the Christian Medical and Dental Associations (CMDA) board of trustees. Through her past medical missions to Kenya, she developed a relationship with Kenya Children's Fund and has served on their board of directors for six years.

Cultural Awareness Day Director

Martha Seagrave, PA-C is an Associate Professor of Family Medicine and Director of the Family Medicine Medical Student Education Program. She is the Principal Investigator for the TOPMEd HRSA Training Grant. Ms. Seagrave is Director of Cultural Awareness Day.

Please contact Lori Durieux for more information.

This workshop is possible thanks to support from:

University of Vermont Larner College of Medicine:

UVM Clinical Simulation Laboratory
UVM College of Nursing and Health Sciences
Office of Primary Care and AHEC Program

TOPMEd HRSA Training Grant #D56HP23280

View information and presentations from the 2015 Cultural Awareness Day

Planning Committee

Martha Seagrave, PA-C, BSN
Carol Buck-Rolland, Ed.D., APRN
Karen Richardson-Nassif, PhD
Elizabeth Cote
Paula Tracy, PhD
Lee Rosen, PhD
Robert Bolyard
Tiffany Delaney, M.Ed
Guylaine Daoust
Margaret Tandoh, MD
Jenna Jorgensen
Susan Weber-Flynn
Cate Nicholas, EdD, MS, PA
Ayodelle LeBruin, MD
Lori Durieux