Date of Award

Spring 2018

Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Science in Nursing (MSN)

First Advisor

Deb Dumphy


Enhancing the cultural competency of healthcare providers (HCPs) is one strategy to bridge the gap of healthcare disparities in the multicultural United States (US). This quantitative study was designed to assess if a seven-day international medical mission trip to Belize, Central America enhanced the cultural competence ofHCPs. The independent t-test was used to compare a single sample of unmatched HCPs using a survey designed to measure cultural competence pre- and post- an international medical mission trip. The HCPs (N=l2) had a higher score indicating an improvement in cultural competence post-trip (M=74.5, SD􀂖.5) as compared to pre-trip (M=72.4, SD=7.l).

Keywords: Cultural competency, minorities, healthcare providers, healthcare disparities, international medical mission trip


© Tamela E. Martin, Lesa M. Parker, Catherine M. Mugambi