Capitalizing on Cultural Familiarity

Last Tuesday, KCUR posted a story about how a Kansas City physician and community health specialist are introducing Bhutanese refugees to a practice rooted in their culture in an effort to reduce pain, mental stress, and suicide.

Dr. Joe LeMaster of University of Kansas is quoted:

Culture is not a set of practices and beliefs about which we just need to learn and then we can act appropriately towards the culture,” he says. “Culture is the living, breathing expression of a group of people with whom we need to be in a relationship. And, as a result of being in a relationship together, we can move forward.

How are educators, social workers, and other professionals in the area not only using culturally familiar practices to serve vulnerable populations, how are they – how are you – building relationships and moving forward together with them?

Read the full story here.

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