The US spends the greatest amount of GDP on health care per capita among the “most advanced” countries yet ranks 46th in the world regarding “most efficient” healthcare (Bloomberg, 2013). This conversation examines health care research and treatment disparities while also exploring cultural knowledge and practices that communities use to maintain health. One’s view about health can be influenced by race, ethnicity, sexuality, socio-economic status, gender, spirituality and other factors. How do our cultural lenses and experiences affect how we think about health and health care? Historically, how have health care professionals and providers delivered treatment to diverse individuals and groups? What groups have been considered “normative” for research about disease prevention and treatment? What can be learned from various cultures that may improve health and wellness in the US?
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- Minnesota Electronic Health Library (MeHL)
- Indian Health Service
- The National LGBT Health Education Center
- Elder Atum Azzahir, Executive Director, Cultural Wellness Center, Minneapolis
- Dylan Flunker, Policy and Community Organizing Coordinator, Rainbow Health Initiative
- Rhonda Jones-Webb, Associate Professor, University of Minnesota Department of Epidemiology
- Patina Park, Cheyenne River Lakota and Director, Minnesota American Indian Women’s Resource Center
This page was created by Jody Gray, Diversity Outreach Librarian
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