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Cascade Health Alliance Community Advisory Council offers next in Classes for Caregivers series

Community news | Monday, November 28, 2016

Contact: Maria Ramirez

The Cascade Health Alliance Community Advisory Council will host the next in a series of Classes for Caregivers. The topic for the next two classes is intercultural competency, and how interactions with people from different cultures can affect caregiving.

The Community Advisory Council, or CAC, and Cascade Health Alliance staff are excited to host the class with presenter Dr. Veronica Koehn. Dr. Koehn's presentation will focus on how different cultural values and practices can impact caregiving, and how to appropriately communicate with people, even family members, from different cultures than oneself.

Dr. Koehn is a communications professor at the Oregon Institute of Technology, where she has taught since 2012. She teaches classes in several areas of communication, including intercultural and interpersonal communication, gender and communication, and nonverbal communication. Dr. Koehn earned her doctorate degree in Human Communication Studies from the University of Denver in 2010.

"I love talking about cultural communication and I'm excited to share that with a wider audience," Dr. Koehn said about her part in the Classes for Caregivers series. "I hope to help people learn skills they can use in their caregiving. I want to help participants learn to connect with the people they are caring for and understand and respect diversity."

Dr. Koehn hopes that participants come to her classes ready to share their experiences.

The Community Advisory Council (CAC) will host a morning and an evening session, scheduled to make it most convenient for participants to attend. These sessions are intended for care providers of all types.

This is the third in a series of classes for caregivers hosted by the Cascade Health Alliance CAC. Information about more upcoming sessions will be available soon.

To RSVP, contact Kyla Patty at 541.883.2947 or

When: Dec. 2, 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. OR Dec. 5, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

Where: The Sunset Room, upstairs at the College Union on the OIT campus, 3201 Campus Drive. Please allow time to get a visitor parking pass.