Intercultural Communication Workshop

Award Information
Agency: Department of Health and Human Services
Branch: N/A
Contract: 1R43NR009309-01A1
Agency Tracking Number: NR009309
Amount: $150,235.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2006
Solicitation Year: 2006
Solicitation Topic Code: N/A
Solicitation Number: PHS2006-2
Small Business Information
TALARIA, INC., 1121 34th Ave., SEATTLE, WA, 98122
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 (206) 748-0443
Business Contact
Phone: (206) 748-0443
Research Institution
DESCRIPTION (provided by applicant): In the years since World War II, the U.S. has grown increasingly dependent on foreign-born health care providers at all levels of the health care system. Today 1.1 million immigrants account for 13 percent of all health care providers in the U.S.(Paral, 2004). Foreign-born practitioners, whether educated in the U.S. or abroad, face tremendous challenges adjusting to differences in language, culture and healthcare practices in the U.S. (Doutrich, 2001; McMahon, 2004; Yi & Jezewskii, 2000; Xu & Davidhizar, 2004). We propose to develop a multi media educational tool that will integrate instruction in language, culture, and U.S. healthcare practices to improve the overall communicative competence of foreign-born health care providers. The Intercultural Communication Workshop (1C Workshop) will provide strategies for improving intelligibility, vocabulary, communication skills, and knowledge of U.S. culture as it shapes health care. Instruction will be embedded in clinical scenarios and enriched with audio/video simulations of interactions for demonstration and practice. The 1C workshop can be revisited over time as learners' needs change and an integrated assessment of communicative competence will allow users to set learning goals and measure their progress. The Baseline Assessment of Communicative Competence (BACC) will generate user profiles based on native language, years speaking English, level of employment in the health care system, and performance on the four dimensions of instruction which will direct users to targeted instruction in Phase II. The computer-based workshop can be used as an adjunct to formal courses and orientations programs or stand alone as self-paced instruction. The workshop will provide ongoing opportunities for practice and reinforcement when courses have been completed. Foreign-born employees, employers, educators, and professional associations will make up a sizable market for the 1C Workshop. In Phase I we will develop and field test the multimedia BACC and the first module on speech intelligibility. The Phase I assessment and module will target Filipino nurses, one of the largest segments of the foreign-born health care labor force. We will also develop software for creating user profiles from the BACC and for rule-based branching that will direct users to relevant instruction in Phase II. Our Phase I goals are to demonstrate the feasibility of a computer-based assessment of communicative competence and establish preliminary construct validity of the BACC.

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