Cultural Competency – Tools for the Trade

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

Forget Diversity! It’s Cultural Competency that We Need.

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.

Tips for Working Cross-culturally in Health Care Settings and Beyond

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

Speaking

I speak on culture and healthcare, cultural competency, thoughts on being an adult third culture kid, faith, my journey to Eastern Orthodoxy, and identity. I would love to talk with you if you are interested in having me speak to your group or organization. Just fill out the contact form below and I will get back … Continue reading Speaking

When You Realize You Can Love Two Places and Not be Disloyal

The view of Boston took my breath away. “This is such a pretty city!” I thought to myself. The sky was a perfect, clear, June-blue. The Boston Harbor was to the left of me and the ocean and buildings farther on were sparkling, sunlight reflected in remarkable ways off water and glass. The Zakim bridge with its tall … Continue reading When You Realize You Can Love Two Places and Not be Disloyal

Hospice Care – Quality Care at the End of Life

In an appropriate follow-up to yesterday’s post, Jan Klingberg takes us into the realities of hospice care. Hospice care is often misunderstood and I’m grateful to Jan for giving us first hand information about this important service.  Kristine’s husband, Gerry, returned home from the hospital with end-stage cancer after his doctor bluntly told him to … Continue reading Hospice Care – Quality Care at the End of Life

Victoria’s Ethnocentric Secret – The Blue Bra

The title is compelling and sits in the faith section of the Washington Post, a respected mainstream media source. Who wouldn’t want to read “The Blue Bra Revolution”…so sexy…such a feminist idea….so Arab Spring,  but with that edgy, cool twist that the western audience craves. And that’s the problem with the piece. The article is … Continue reading Victoria’s Ethnocentric Secret – The Blue Bra