American Heart – Part II

Posted by on Jul 29, 2013 in film, immigration, multicultural, public health, Uncategorized |

  After I saw the documentary American Heart (reviewed in an earlier blog post), it occurred to me that it would be interesting to show this film to recent immigrants and refugees – the subjects of the film.  I reached out to the director, Chris Newberry, and to people I knew at the Minnesota Department of Health Office of Refugee Health, as well as one of my clients, Vietnamese Social Services of Minnesota. We all put our heads together...

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The Human Heart

Posted by on May 1, 2013 in film, global health, health disparities, immigration, multicultural, public health, Uncategorized | 2 comments

I recently saw a wonderful documentary film called American Heart at the Minneapolis Film Festival.  I went to see the film because it dealt with an issue of interest to me – health care for refugees and immigrants.  While that was indeed the focus of American Heart, it dealt just as much with universal themes: end of life issues, family, resilience and how life unfolds in mysterious ways. American Heart follows three patients at the...

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An Experiment in Cross-Cultural Healing

Posted by on Apr 4, 2013 in health disparities, multicultural, public health, Uncategorized |

At the Diversity Rx conference, I attended a great session on “Listening to the Patient: how attitudes and culture affect the health care experience.”  One presenter, Linda Xiong, talked about a project she led to determine ways to address the problem of Hepatitis B virus (HBV) prevalence among the Hmong in Merced, California.  Chronic Hepatitis B is a serious disease that can result in long-term health problems, including liver damage, liver...

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The Graying of Dakota County: Challenges and Opportunities

Posted by on Mar 23, 2013 in community development, community engagement, older adults, public health, Uncategorized |

In my work, I have helped several clients develop proposals for “NORC” programs.  NORC is a funny-sounding acronym that stands for Naturally Occurring Retirement Communities.  It is one of several similar terms which describe the concept and goal of people being able to remain in their communities as they get older.  So when I received a postcard in the mail inviting me to a “community conversation” on how to help my little burb become a...

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Paths to Health Equity – the Minnesota Connection

Posted by on Mar 17, 2013 in community engagement, health disparities, multicultural, public health, social connections, Uncategorized | 1 comment

Any Minnesotan who watches or reads the news knows there is a Minnesota angle to every national and international story.  So here’s theMinnesota angle to the National Conference on Quality Health Care for Culturally Diverse Populations I attended last week.  First off, Minnesota was well-represented in terms of attendees and speakers (probably disproportionately represented in terms of population).  The Minnesota speakers presented on a variety...

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