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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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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Moving Forward Together: More on Community Connections

Posted by on May 15, 2012 in community engagement, foundations, health disparities, multicultural, nonproft, public health, social connections, Uncategorized | 1 comment

I’ve been thinking about the relationship between social connections, well-being and health lately. In my last post, I wrote about Anne Fadiman’s presentation about the clash between Hmong culture and the Western medical system.  In her talk, Anne spoke of certain attributes of traditional Hmong culture (many of which endure in the U.S.today): focus on families and clans; traditional rituals; group identity and mutual assistance; and respect...

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Adios to the Resource Center of the Americas: A Nonprofit that Connected People and Cultures

Posted by on May 3, 2012 in immigration, multicultural, nonproft |

Tile mural on the side of Resource Center It’s sad when a good organization can not make it.  The Resource Center of the Americas (more recently La Conexion de las Americas) was a part of my life and I’ll miss it.  According to its official announcement, it no longer had the “financial and leadership resources” to continue.  I don’t know much more than that.  What I do know is that it did many worthwhile things on what I assume was...

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