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Promotores as Part of Integrated Patient Care

As a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in a hospital setting, I am reminded every day of the important role promotores, or community health workers, play in the health and recovery of patients in our community. Promotores are invaluable partners, educators and collaborators; unfortunately many physicians, nurses, case managers, social workers, therapists and other health professionals are not aware of the expertise promotores bring, thus don’t know how to incorporate their services into the patients’ care. … Continue Reading →

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Chicken Soup and Curanderas

I find the role culture plays in health care fascinating. Who doesn’t crave a bowl of hot chicken soup when feeling down in the dumps? Some perhaps even eat their apple a day, feeling confident that it will keep the doctor away. And I’m pretty sure many of us have our favorite teas and culinary concoctions we rely on when feeling specific ailments. Yet many of these practices are rooted more in culture than they are in science. Some of these panaceas are nothing more than placebos. But they are readily accepted and promoted because they are part of the culture…remedies passed on from generation to generation and promoted in books, television and other forms of folklore. … Continue Reading →

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