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Multicultural medicine and health disparities
David Satcher, Rubens J. Pamies, Nancy N. Woelfl
Call Number:  Available Electronically; Publication Date:  2011
Assists health care students and practitioners in delivering skilled and appropriate care to all patients, no matter their ethnicity, country of origin, cultural history, or access to services. Presenting need-to-know and often hard to find information on differences in access to heath care, immunization histories, disease prevalence, attitudes about health and provision of care, and much more, this resource provides practical, authoritative, and specific guidance. - - from

Encyclopedia of medical anthropology: health and illness in the world's cultures (Vol. 1 and Vol. 2)
Carol R. Ember and Melvin Ember
Call Number:  RA 418 .E3541 2004; Publication Date:  2004
The first reference work to describe the cultural practices relevant to health in the world's cultures and to provide an overview of important topics in medical anthropology. Provides depth and breadth of information on the varying cultural background of health and illness around the world. More than 100 experts - anthropologists and other social scientists - have contributed firsthand experience of medical cultures from around the world.- - from

Culture in clinical care strategies for competence
Bette Bonder, Laura Martin
Call Number:  Available Electronically; Publication Date:  2013
Explores theory and practice to define and describe the multidimensional nature of culture and its interaction with an individual’s experience in the development of beliefs, values, and behavior. Examines cultural beliefs related to health and wellness and how these beliefs and their associated actions affect intervention strategies.

Cultural competence in health education and health promotion
Miguel A. Pérez, Raffy R. Luquis
Call Number:  Available Electronically; Publication Date:  2014
Examines the importance of ethnic and cultural factors for community health practice. This book describes essential theories, models, and practices for working with race, ethnicity, gender, and social issues. The authors cover a wide range of topics including demographics, disparities, complementary and alternative medicine, spiritually grounded approaches, multicultural populations, culturally competent needs assessment and planning, communication, workforce, program planning, aging, sexual orientation, and future challenges. - - from

Diversity and cultural competence in health care a systems approach
Janice L. Dreachslin, M. Jean Gilbert, Beverly Malone
Call Number:  Available Electronically; Publication Date:  2013
Designed to provide health care students and professionals with a clear understanding of foundations, philosophies, and processes that strengthen diversity management, inclusion, and culturally competent care delivery.  Focusing on current practice and health care policy, including the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010 (ACA), this textbook integrates strategic diversity management, self-reflective leadership, and the personal change process with culturally and linguistically appropriate care into a cohesive systems-oriented approach for health care professionals.

Worlds apart a four-part series on cross-cultural healthcare
Fanlight Productions
Call Number:  h15486, VIDEO-D 47429-D (Askwith Media);  Release Date:  2003
Award-winning filmmakers Maren Grainger-Monsen, M.D., and Julia Haslett explore issues related to when patients are minorities or don't understand English well, and when doctors aren't equipped to explain the intricacies of care to people whose cultural beliefs may make American medicine a mystery.  The film series documents the experiences of minority Americans and patients from other countries in the U.S. health care system. This unique project dramatizes communication between patients and their doctors, tensions between modern medicine and cultural beliefs, and the ongoing burdens of racial and ethnic discrimination. - - from the (

Handbook of Gender, Culture and Health. Richard M. Eisler and Michel Hersen. Mahwah, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, 2000.
This Handbook illustrates how gender, ethnicity, age, and even sexual orientation and understanding influence the health practices and risk factors for health problems in diverse groups of people. Contributions from leading researchers in psychology, health, and epidemiology provide an interdisciplinary approach to the topic. In addition to epidemiological issues, this book discusses the view that public health policy and programs must be individually tailored to specific groups to maximize their effectiveness. Featuring the latest information for understanding how diverse groups of people perceive and respond to issues relating to their health, this Handbook should prove to be a valuable resource to a wide range of practitioners and researchers. (Shapiro Undergraduate, Hatcher Graduate and Taubman Health Sciences: RA 418 .H271 1999)

Medical Anthropology and African American Health. Eric J. Bailey. Westport, CT: Bergin & Garvey, 2000.
The field of medical anthropology is a discipline that incorporates the perspective of a wide range of approaches--from anthropologists, sociologists, epidemiologists, physicians, nurses, public health administrators, biologists, and many others, including the general public--to health care. This approach places culture and cultural relativism at the forefront and center of every model, and examines the ethics and fairness of health care issues associated with the African American population. (Taubman Health Sciences: RA 448.5 .N4 B16 2000)

Caring for Patients from Different Cultures : Case Studies from an American Hospital. Geri-Ann Galanti. Philadelphia, PA: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2008.
A book of case studies examining cross-cultural misunderstandings--and how they can be avoided. They reveal insightful ways of handling the practice of Western medicine on non-Western patients. There are chapters on such topics as communication, pain, religion, dietary practices, birth, death, family, men and women, staff relations, and folk medicine. There is a complete index to the 172 case studies, cross-referenced by ethnic group and topic, as well as an extensive bibliography. (Taubman Health Sciences: RT 86.54 .G35 2008)

Culture and the Clinical Encounter: An Intercultural Sensitizer for the Health Professions. Rena C. Gropper. Yarmouth, ME: Intercultural Press, 1997.
Professor Rena C. Gropper has created an intercultural sensitizer for the health professions using a series of critical incidents in which communication between a health professional and a patient or client breaks down due to a lack of knowledge about cultural differences. She asks the reader to choose the best of four possible explanations, then search for the answers and accompanying discussions in a separate part of the book. This method challenges the reader to think through the complex issues involved in each incident and ensures that the learning has special impact. ( book description.) (Taubman Health Sciences and Social Work: RA 418.5 .T73 G761 1996)

The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down : A Hmong Child, Her American Doctors, and the Collision of Two Cultures. Anne Fadiman. New York, NY: Farrar, Straus, and Giroux, 1997.
The author tells the story of the Lees, a family of Hmong refugees in California whose epileptic baby daughter, Lia, is taken in hand by the Western medical establishment. The Lees believe that Lia's condition is caused by spirits called dabs, who had caught her and made her fall down. Her doctors want to treat her condition with sophisticated drugs, which her parents refuse to give her. In this sad tale of cultural misunderstanding, two incompatible worlds collide, with heart-wrenching consequences. ( review) (Shapiro Undergraduate, Hatcher Graduate, Taubman Health Sciences (reserves – ask at the circulation desk): RA 418.5 .T73 F331 1997)