Brooks College of Health
Doctor of Clinical Nutrition (DCN)
Nutrition & Dietetics
NACO controlled Corporate Body
University of North Florida. Department of Nutrition & Dietetics
Dr. Andrea Arikawa
Dr. Laurie Wright
Dr. Jenifer Ross
Dr. Andrea Arikawa
Dr. Curt Lox
There is a large gap between minority representation in the field of dietetics and the United States population, and nutrition students need advanced cultural competence training in preparation for future work with diverse populations. Universal recommendations for delivering and evaluating cultural competence training in nutrition programs are non-existent, and students tend to lack understanding of how to develop this skill. Service-learning in underserved communities with reflective assignments have been used to develop cultural competence skills, but most reported results are anecdotal. This non-randomized mixed methods study sought to find out if a service-learning experience improves intercultural competence of nutrition students more than a self-guided approach. The intervention involved completing a pre-and-post IDI survey, a two-week service-learning experience in the city of New Orleans or self-guided approach with reflective assignments, and post-experience focus groups. Students were recruited through brief informational announcements during classes and via email. Wilcoxin Ranked Signs results indicated improved IDI scores for both the control and experimental groups and there was evidence of skill attainment when reflective assignments were compared to the Campinha-Bacote Model of Cultural Competence.
Harris, Michel D., "The Efficacy of a Service-Learning Experience in the New Orleans Area in Improving Intercultural Competence of Nutrition and Dietetics Students" (2022). UNF Graduate Theses and Dissertations. 1156.