Providing culturally appropriate health care in Minnesota
The three DVDs in the Culture Matters: Providing Culturally-Appropriate Health Care in Minnesota series promote culturally appropriate health care delivery, aiming to increase clinician and health care staff understanding of Minnesota's growing Hispanic/Latino, Hmong, and Somali communities. The DVDs are intended to support health care providers in their efforts to address disparities in health care delivery by increasing culturally competent services. Increasing culturally competent services can ultimately lead to improved health among underserved populations through increased clinician-patient understanding and adherence to treatment.
Health care experts who represent each featured population describe their own personal experiences and provide an overview of:
Role of religion and health care beliefs
Family structure and its impact on health care
Health care considerations
Suggestions for health care professionals
The three DVDs are excellent training tools for clinicians, leadership, middle managers, and especially front-line staff members who have face-to-face contact with patients. Because time for training and education is limited in busy health care settings, one-hour lunch and learn sessions can be a convenient, user friendly way to educate staff without disrupting facility staffing and schedules. This educational series was produced by Stratis Health and UCare.
Minnesota's Hispanic/Latino population currently represents nearly three percent of Minnesota's population and is projected to triple by 2030. The Hispanic/Latino community in Minnesota is a large group with a rich culture, initially established in St. Paul in the early 1900s. Although people in this group share many values, they come from different countries and represent different ethnic groups, with varying levels of education, health beliefs, health practices, and religions. Many Hispanic/Latino immigrants are refugees of war and economic recession.
The dominant health issues faced by Hispanics/Latinos include obesity, diabetes, hypertension, cervical and prostate cancer, and HIV AIDS. Clinicians working with this population should be aware of their patients' beliefs regarding health care and the family, decision making, trust, and communication style.
Speaker Cristina Martinez-Gonzalez attended medical school in Mexico and received a Master's degree in Public Health at the University of Minnesota with a focus on cultural competency. 60 minutes
Minnesota's Hmong population is second in the nation only to California, with St. Paul being home to the largest urban population in the world, according to a 2007 American Community Survey. The Hmong are a tribal people, originally living in mountainous villages in Southeast Asia. Many Hmong migrated to Vietnam, Laos, Burma, and Thailand from China. Since the Vietnam War, thousands of Hmong refugees resettled in the U.S, Canada, France, and Australia. Most Hmong came to the U.S. from Laos in the mid 1970s, while many came from refugee camps in Thailand during the 1980s and 1990s.
Diabetes, congestive heart failure, COPD, high blood pressure, and childhood obesity are growing health problems as the Hmong people become acclimated to Western culture, do less manual labor, and eat more processed foods. Life expectancy has increased significantly for Hmong elders living in the U.S., leading to an increase in chronic disease—a new concept for the Hmong. The Hmong community is traditionally rooted in health beliefs that are intermingled with the supernatural, the spiritual world, and the soul.
Speaker May Hang has the distinction of being Minnesota's first Hmong Advanced Practice Nurse and is a family nurse practitioner focusing on family health. 50 minutes
Minnesota has the largest Somali and Liberian populations in the U.S. Over the last two decades, Somalis have migrated to the U.S., Canada, the United Kingdom, Germany, Holland, Norway, Denmark, France, Australia, and Japan, with the first Somali refugees arriving in Minnesota in 1993. Located in eastern Africa on the Indian Ocean, Somalia borders Ethiopia and Kenya and has a history of colonization by several European countries. Somalia has attempted to unite as an independent country since 1960 and its people have suffered from war ever since.
Because most Somalis in Minnesota emigrated directly from refugee camps, many suffer from post traumatic stress syndrome, including women and children. Growing health concerns related to this population include obesity, diabetes, hypertension, arthritis, and HIV AIDS. Somalis value doctors and nurses. Building relationships and trust between the family and the medical establishment is crucial for better health and collaboration. Because of clear roles for men and women, women tend to have primary responsibility for the health care of their children. Like other immigrant groups, preventive health is a new concept for Somalis. Female circumcision is also an area of consideration when working with this population.
Speaker Huda Farrah is trained in epidemiology and has worked in public health for the Minnesota Department of Health and Hennepin County. She is the Director of the Somali Health Screening Project. 45 minutes
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