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Skin & Wound Challenges in People of Color

Originally presented on December 4, 2014

Speaker:
Heather Hettrick PT, PhD, CWS, CLT
Associate Professor in the Physical Therapy Program at Nova Southeastern University in Ft. Lauderdale Florida

Understanding ethnic skin variations is vital to the wound care practitioner.  Recognizing normal and abnormal dermatological variants unique to noncaucasian skin is important for early intervention, proper management and care planning.  This webinar will provide the learner with an understanding of thorough skin assessment relevant for pigmented skin, in addition to specific wound management considerations. 

Dr. Hettrick is a recognized Key Opinion Leader regarding topics surrounding integumentary dysfunction and she has clinical specialties in wound, burn and lymphedema management.

Learning Objectives
After viewing this webinar participants will be able to:

  • Understand the basic physiology responsible for skin pigmentation
  • Recognize normal, common dermatological variations in black skin
  • Describe the appropriate methods to perform thorough skin/wound assessment in non-Caucasian skin
  • Recognize the signs and symptoms of skin breakdown or pathology in non-Caucasian skin

This presentation is suitable for any health care professional interested in learning about assessing pressure ulcers in people of color.


The planners, moderator, and presenters do not have any financial arrangements or affiliations with any commercial entities whose products, research or services may be discussed in this activity.

No commercial funding has been accepted for this activity.


Continuing Medical Education Credits

The School of Public Health, University at Albany is accredited by the Medical Society of the State of New York (MSSNY) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The School of Public Health, University at Albany designates this enduring material for a maximum of 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Continuing Medical Education Credits are offered until October 31, 2017.


Continuing Nurse Education Contact Hours

The University at Albany School of Public Health is an Approved Provider of continuing nurse education by the Northeast Multi-State Division, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

This offering is approved for 1 nursing contact hour(s).

Nursing Contact Hours are offered until October 31, 2017.


Certified Health Education Specialist Contact Hours

Sponsored by the School of Public Health, University and Albany, SUNY, a designated provider of continuing education contact hours (CECH) in health education by the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing, Inc. This program is designated for Certified Health Education Specialists (CHES) and/or Master Certified Health Education Specialists (MCHES) to receive up to 1.0 total Category I contact education contact hours. Maximum advanced-level continuing education contact hours available are 0.

Continuing Education Contact Hours are offered until October 31, 2017.