Kristina Guo
Susan Young

University of Hawaiʻi–West Oʻahu Professor Kristina Guo and Assistant Professor Susan Young recently published “Cultural Diversity Training: The Necessity of Cultural Competence for Health Care Providers in the Nursing Practice” in the April/June 2016 issue of The Health Care Manager, a journal featuring research studies on healthcare management and applied information for managers working in the healthcare industry.

In the article, Guo and Young discuss the need for providing culturally competent healthcare to a growing number of diverse individuals and families.

Their study supports the position that cultural competence is a skill learned over time and these competencies are especially important for nurses.

More about Kristina Guo

Kristina Guo is chair of the public administration division and director of the healthcare administration program at the UH West Oʻahu. She teaches courses in public administration, healthcare administration, health policy and organizational behavior. Her primary areas of research are in healthcare, long-term care and public health policy and management.

Guo’s publications focus on the political, economic, organizational and management implications in the complex and evolving health care environment. She has published over 100 peer-reviewed articles and presentations, and chaired and presented her work at various local, regional, national and international conferences.Her book, co-authored with T. Buss and F. Redburn Modernizing Democracy: Innovations in Citizen Participation was published in 2006.

More about Susan Young

Susan Young teaches in the healthcare administration concentration. Her research interest aligns with the study of cultural differences and disparities in health care perception and in student awareness of cultural environments in the workplace.

Young is a registered nurse with 25 years of clinical practice and has held administrative positions in hospitals and disease management. She is an active member in the Hawaiʻi Coalition for Academic Progression in Nursing, vice chair for the Hawaiʻi State Center for Nursing Advisory Board appointed by Governor David Ige, and a member of the Hawaiʻi-Pacific chapter of the American College of Healthcare Executives.

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—By Julie Funasaki Yuen