Day One of this event, Indian Health Service Overview, began with a showing of a documentary by Cherokee award-winning filmmakers Steven Heape and Chip Ritchie. In Don’t Get Sick After June: American Indian Healthcare, they uncover the story of Indian healthcare and the Indian Health Service, told from the Native American prospective. A lively discussion followed. View the slides from the presentation .
Angel and Lance Cully of the Center for American Indian Community Health were the featured speakers on Day Two, Local and Regional Tribes & Resources. Their presentation included real-time commentary on Twitter by SON staff using #kuculturalenrichment on the school's Twitter feed.
Featuring Shane Snowdon, Director, UCSF Center for LGBT Health & Equity
Co-Sponsored by the KUMC Diversity Initiative, LGBT and Allies, and Dr. Chuck Sturgis.
Our event included the presentation, The ABCs of LGBT Health, including the Role of the Nurse, followed by a workshop by Shane Snowdon, Caring for LGBT Patients. The morning concluded with a question-and-answer session which yielded interesting discussion on this issue. The afternoon period offered LGBT Health – A Whirlwind Tour in the SON auditorium and a student reception afterward. The day was capped by a strategy session of leadership from KU Medical Center and The University of Kansas Hospital.
KU School of Nursing faculty and staff discussed cultural differences and the impact on patient care as part of the latest presentation in the School’s Enhancement Program for Cultural Enrichment. Understanding Islam for Today’s Health Professional was presented by Mahnaz Shabbir, author of I am an American Muslim Woman, and Kansas City resident.
Shabbir has worked for health care organizations but is not a health care provider, has been leading interfaith prayer services and has been giving talks to schools, churches and hospitals for many years. She believes communication is key to understanding differences, especially for health care professionals. Being aware of a patient’s culture and faith can have an impact on how care is given and received. And dispelling myths about Islam is one of Shabbir’s personal goals.
“The silent moderate Muslim community can no longer be silent,” Shabbir said. “We have to share ourselves with others so our children won’t face discrimination and racism.”
The events of September 11 have caused more concern. But the need to share and dispel misunderstandings is greater, Shabbir added. “I try to make a difference. We have a voice. We need to use it. As a strategic planner, I have to educate not to hate.” More on Shabbir
Handouts: CPS-Islam-3 Mahnazs Brochure3
Lecture and discussion by author Barbara Trepagnier, PhD
We visited 3-4 agencies around Kansas City, Kan., to learn about our neighbors and the specific health issues facing our local population. Participants got to see first-hand the obstacles and struggles patients and providers encounter daily. This experience is designed to increase your level of knowledge about the health issues and services available in our immediate area. The event also increases visibility of KU in the community and provides an opportunity for camaraderie, brainstorming, and networking.
The first KCK Day involved nine participants who visited the following five locations in Kansas City, Kan.: Bethel Neighborhood Center, Metropolitan Lutheran Ministries, Willa Gill Center, YWCA of Greater Kansas City and Wyandot Center.
Faculty gathered off campus for a social and discussion focusing on the online learning tool Quality Interactions. Participants shared their opinions about the product and discussed ways in which cultural content can be enhanced across the curriculum.
Sponsored by the Enhancement Program for Cultural Enrichment and the KUMC Diversity Initiative, faculty, staff and students from the School of Nursing and across the medical center campus participated in a three-part event in April 2009. Particpants were encouraged to read books (Three Cups of Tea, The Kite Runner, or A Thousand Splendid Suns) and then watch The Beauty Academy of Kabul, in the KU School of Nursing auditorium. The event concluded with a follow-up discussion with guest speaker Mike Hicks, who was a civilian medic in Afghanistan. The books, movie and Mr. Hick’s experience were discussed in the context of health care, current events, and culture. View the trailer for The Beauty Academy of Kabul
"Strategies for Effective Cultural Communication" featuring Kathy Mayle as guest speaker for the retreat.
The kick-off event was the beginning of a long-term effort to enhance our knowledge about each other, the patients and students we serve, and to learn of ways to integrate this knowledge into the nursing curriculum and our professional and personal lives.
Our goal for this day-long event was to provide a relaxing atmosphere to encourage discussions while inviting you to reflect and become open to activities we will have in the future. We hope you found the kick-off to be welcoming – a chance to share our own experiences and learn about the experiences of our colleagues. Guest facilitator for the kick-off event was Myra Christopher, President and CEO, Center for Practical Bioethics.