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Culturally Effective Care Seminar

Reflection Question for Culturally Effective Care Seminar (9KB) [download]

Briefly describe the activity and its purpose.

This seminar begins with the journaling of a Reflection Question based on the required topical reading. Discussion of the reflection question and article by trainees and faculty is facilitated by a faculty content expert. Readings for this seminar have included: (1) Committee on Pediatric Workforce (2004). Ensuring Culturally Effective Pediatric Care: Implications for Education and Health Policy.

During this seminar, a member of the Tohono O'odham nation comes and talks about the health beliefs of the O'odham, use of medicine men and western medicine (traditional versus modern health care), the O'odham responses to health care, and respectful, authentic ways to communicate with tribal members of every age. Spirits, spells and rituals are discussed with regard to the causes of illness and of traditional methods of healing versus modern views that illnesses are caused by parasites, malnutrition, imbalance, injury, obstruction, etc. The importance of communication and the methods of communication (verbal and nonverbal and sensitive topics) are stressed.  The Tohono O'odham language is an ancient one that is not written, it is only spoken; the loss of the language and changing culture is also discussed.

A medical social worker (Hispanic American) also comes and talks about working with this population as well as Somali refugees at an interdisciplinary multi-specialty clinic and medical home. Effective communication, working with a medical interpreter, and health beliefs of traditional Latino populations are discussed.

Representatives from an international refugee organization also come to this seminar to  talk about working with the Somali and other refugee communities.



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