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

Communicating Across the Boundaries of Faith & Culture

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