If you have not read the previous posts on Cultural Competency, you are welcome to take a look! Today is the last in my 3-part series on Cultural Competency. Forget Diversity! It’s Cultural Competency that we Need Cultural Competency – How does it Help ************ “It’s easy! All it takes is caring!” “All you have to do … Continue reading Cultural Competency – Tools for the Trade
Four years ago, the FBI (Federal Bureau of Investigation) conducted a raid on a mosque in Miami, Florida. What could have been a disastrous, public relations nightmare for both the Muslim community and the FBI was carried out so well and so carefully that most of us had no idea the raid took place. I wrote … Continue reading Cultural Competency – How Does it Help?
I live in a diverse neighborhood in a diverse area. Every day I ride the subway with people of many different backgrounds and ethnicities. I go to work and sit next to a man from Malawi and have friendships and work with women from Haiti, Jamaica, Costa Rica, Senegal, Portugal, Cameroon, and Roxbury – and that’s … Continue reading Forget Diversity! It’s Cultural Competency that We Need.
I spoke to a class of graduate nursing students yesterday in the city of Worcester. The topic was on cultural competency and health care — a topic I’ve spoken on for many years. They were an amazing group of students; smart, engaged, thoughtful, and diverse. When I began to do this work around 13 years … Continue reading On Cultural Competency & Cultural Humility
I just finished speaking to a group of medical and nursing students on end of life care and cultural competency. It’s a big topic. In health care the two areas where cultural beliefs are profoundly obvious are during birth and during death. In other areas the belief systems are more subtle, the differences not always … Continue reading End of Life Care and Cultural Competency
In June of 2011 in Miami, Florida the FBI raided a mosque and arrested two Imams that had been under surveillance for some time. It is remarkable that most of us had no idea it happened, and it didn’t seem to fuel any anti-Muslim sentiment elsewhere. When I heard the story I was impressed. Not … Continue reading Cultural Competency & the FBI
Through my years of living, working, and communicating across cultural boundaries I’ve realized two things that sum it all up: one — this road is humbling and two – it’s a life-long learning process. Just when I think I have it all figured out, something, someone will come into my life and challenge my thinking and … Continue reading Tips for Working Cross-culturally in Health Care Settings and Beyond