ethnoMED – Integrating Cultural Information into Clinial Practice

While we continue to wait for the 2016 Schedule of Medical Conferences in CUBA, I thought I’d pass along information in a Newsletter you may find useful, from the University of Washington’s:

Directly from their website


The objective is to make information about culture, language, health, illness and community resources directly accessible to health care providers who see patients from different ethnic groups. EthnoMed was designed to be used in clinics by care providers in the few minutes before seeing a patient in clinic. For instance, before seeing a Cambodian patient with asthma, a provider might access the website to learn how the concept of asthma is translated and about common cultural and interpretive issues in the Cambodian community that might complicate asthma management. A practitioner could also download a patient education pamphlet in Khmer (Cambodian language) to give to the patient. EthnoMed is available wherever the Internet is accessible.

The website reaches more than 320,000 visitors each year, comprising a local, national and international audience of health care providers, communities, educators and students.

Newsletter about community healthcare and the urgent need to understand the culture of our immigrants, in order to provide them with proper healthcare.


EthnoMed was founded in 1994 and is a joint program of the University of Washington Health Sciences Library and Harborview Medical Center in Seattle, Washington. EthnoMed grew out of another hospital program, Community House Calls, which was successfully bridging cultural and language barriers during medical visits, through interpretation, cultural mediation and advocacy with immigrant patients, families and communities. The website was created to reflect and support that experience. In recent years, our content has expanded to reflect many new communities that have settled in the Seattle area.

EthnoMed aims to address disparities in care through enhancing understanding between the medical culture and the culture of the patient. The program is grounded in relationships established with local ethnic communities and the providers who care for them. Our contributors come from a wide range of disciplines and experiences and include nurses, physicians, nutritionists, psychologists, academic faculty, medical interpreters, librarians, community members, and students. Health care providers and community members review content for clinical accuracy and cultural relevance.

You are invited to share your knowledge and educational materials with the EthnoMed audience. Consider being a content contributor, collaborator or reviewer.

We hope that every newsletter edition will lead you to something helpful to your work. Please help us spread the word by forwarding this newsletter to a colleague or two. Thank you!

As far as CME-Abroad and Cuba, I’m confident that it will happen, but it will take more time than we’re used to in the rest of the world, where we have the advantage of a working internet, such as it is…

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