Interpersonal Communication Skills

Module 5: Interpersonal Comm​unication Skills​


Goal A

Learners will communicate effectively with patients, families, and other medical providers regarding breastfeeding.

 Learner Objective Learners will be able to

  1. Practice communication skills about the topic of breastfeeding.

Essential Activities

1.     Create a role play of a case study involving a physician providing peripartum support to a mother. Continue the role play of the same case study by adding the scenario where the pediatrician or family physician discusses the case with the mother's obstetrician and/or vice versa. Have students do the role play activity. The purpose is to exemplify the importance of communication among different types of physicians when providing breastfeeding support. Evaluate learners role-playing performance.

Goal B

Learners will understand the concept of cultural humility and how to provide culturally effective breastfeeding care.

 Learner Objective Learners will be able to

1.     Practice communication skills about the topic of breastfeeding.

 Essential Activities

1.     Give a presentation focused on defining culture, cultural humility, and how cultural and community factors may impact breastfeeding.

a.     Have students complete the Georgetown University National Center for Cultural Competence short course on Conscious & Unconscious Bias in Health Care course

b.     Select 2-3 case studies from the cultural case studies to discuss in class, use as a small group activity, or use as a take home assignment.

    Additional Activities (Optional)
    1. Have learners pick a geographic area to research and give presentations to highlight the differences in breastfeeding practices and acceptance around the world.
    2. Assign learners different groups to research and present how culture impacts breastfeeding rates of that subgroup (for example: trans men or trans women, African Americans, people of lower socioeconomic status, new immigrants with limited English language ability)
    3. Show the mini-documentary "The African American Breastfeeding Project" or organize a community viewing of "Chocolate Milk: The Documentary" that explores the racial divide in breastfeeding.
    4. Connect with local, regional, and national cultural coalitions including Mocha Moms, NMA Breastfeeding Alliance, Black Mothers Breastfeeding Association, and Reaching Our Sisters Everywhere (ROSE)
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