Category Archives: Health

Language Laws and Limited English Proficiency

Last week, I discussed the existence of language laws and standards geared towards providing access to quality care for speakers with limited English proficiency (LEP). Though these statutes are not necessarily an aspect that should be taught to medical professionals … Continue reading

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Is knowing the laws related to language in healthcare important?

As I have mentioned, I was recently traveling around the southeast United States conducting and promoting my research in the area of medical Spanish. Though I had previously worked in the US health system with Latino patients, the opportunity to … Continue reading

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Cultural and language support

I have now reached the halfway point of my research trip and have been so fortunate to not only have been met with a high level of interest in my project, but also to have had the honor of meeting … Continue reading

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Latino Health Beliefs Continued

This week I would like to continue the discussion on health beliefs by introducing a few general views regarding illness.  In my opinion, it is important to have an understanding of the  overarching concepts behind each individual belief since the … Continue reading

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Teaching Culture: Familismo

This week I am returning to the theme of teaching Latino culture to medical professionals with a  discussion of the value of familismo. According to Ayón et al (2010),  Familismo, a Latino cultural value, refers to the importance of strong … Continue reading

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Latino patients and the flu vaccine

This week I am taking a break from discussing teaching Latino culture to medical professionals to discuss something more pertinent this time of year: flu vaccines.  Each year, Latino patients are less likely to receive the flu vaccine than any … Continue reading

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Fatalismo in the healthcare setting

Last week I presented the cultural aspect of fatalismo as the belief that fate is predetermined and inevitable. I mentioned that despite this belief, many patients who hold to fatalismo are still willing to make healthy changes to their behaviors. … Continue reading

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