Health Matters: A Pocket Guide for Working with Diverse Cultures and Underserved Populations / Edition 1

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Overview

Currently, minority populations represent approximately twenty-five percent of the nation. Hundreds of thousands of health care workers and social service providers that work with these groups must understand how to interact with people of a variety of cultural backgrounds in order to deliver care effectively. Health Matters: A Pocket Guide for Working with Diverse Cultures and Underserved Populations is an indispensable guide for health care professionals and social service providers who encounter diverse cultures every day. This useful hanDavies-Blackook offers practical advice for caring for people from a wide range of cultures in an easy-to-use and accessible format. It discusses how providers can become more culturally sensitive in the planning and delivery of their services and provides specific information on the health practices, beliefs and cultural patterns of many of the most significant refugee, immigrant and minority groups in the United States today. Easy-to-read key points serve as checklists for busy health providers interested in learning the skills involved in cultivating cultural awareness.

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Soundview Executive Book Summaries
With sections that cover 14 diverse cultural groups — including African Americans, the Amish, Hispanics, Iranians and Arab Muslims — Health Matters offers health care professionals insights regarding the various types of patients they might encounter at work. The authors, two professors from the University of Northern Iowa, present tested strategies for delivering culturally appropriate health care, as well as vital information on the cultures, health practices and beliefs of these underserved groups. Copyright © 2006 Soundview Executive Book Summaries
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781931930208
  • Publisher: Nicholas Brealey Publishing
  • Publication date: 6/28/2005
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 168
  • Product dimensions: 5.07 (w) x 8.15 (h) x 0.47 (d)

Meet the Author

Dr. Michele Yehieli is currently an Associate Professor in the Division of Health Promotion and Education at the University of Northern Iowa and Executive Director of Project EXPORT Center of Excellence, a project of the National Institute of Health. The recipient of many awards and honors, Yehieli completed her master's and doctorate degrees with honors in international public health at the University of California at Los Angeles. Dr. Yehieli has nearly twenty years of field experience in public health, both domestically and internationally, and she is the founder and director of the award-winning Global Health Corps.Mark A. Grey is Professor of Anthropology at the University of Northern Iowa. He is also Director of the Iowa Center for Immigrant Leadership and Integration (formerly the New Iowans Program), an award-winning program that provides consultation, training, and publications to Iowa communities, churches, organizations, and employees as they deal with the unique challenges and opportunities associated with influxes of immigrant and refugee newcomers.
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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix
Introduction xi
Part 1 The Immigrant, Refugee, and Minority Health Care Experience in the United States 1
America's Changing Ethnic Landscape 1
Challenges for Health Care Providers and Minorities, Immigrants, and Refugees 2
Part 2 Culturally Appropriate Health Care 8
Defining Culture 8
Categorizing Culture Groups 9
Cultural Communication Styles 11
Part 3 Becoming More Culturally Appropriate: General Strategies 13
Guidelines for Providers 13
Making Health Organizations More Accommodating 16
Public Health Planning for Newcomer Populations 19
Working Effectively with Interpreters 22
Working with Low-Literacy Patients 25
Understanding Traditional Health Practices 26
Part 4 The Cultural Communities 31
African Americans 33
The Amish 40
Arab Muslims 46
Bosnian Refugees 54
East African Refugees 60
East Asian Immigrants 69
Hispanics 77
Indians 87
Iranians 94
Jews 106
Native Americans 109
Pacific Islanders 119
Russians and Eastern Europeans 125
Southeast Asian Refugees 131
Part 5 Resources 137
National Resources on Minority, Immigrant, and Refugee Health 137
National Resources on Minority Aging Issues 140
Recommended Readings on Minority, Immigrant, and Refugee Health 142
References and Other Resources 143
The Iowa Project EXPORT Center of Excellence on Health Disparities 144
The Iowa Center for Immigrant Leadership and Integration 145
About the Authors 146
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