Lewis Mehl Madrona Workshop: Coyote Wisdom -- Bridging Cultures to Reduce Health Disparities
It is well known that minority health requires more than increasing the number of providers and improving access to health care. Cultures have different ways of defining health and disease, and often fail to understand each others' concepts unless genuine communication occurs.The aim of this workshop is to enhance cross-cultural dialogue and understanding that includes Native American communities, health and mental health care providers and those interested in improving health care quality and reducing health disparities. Specifically, we will look at the stories that all these cultures tell about health and disease. What makes a person sick? How should people behave when they're sick? What does a sick person do to get well? What is wellness? Is sickness an individual phenomenon or a community or societal process? Can individuals achieve a sense of well-being without community involvement? We will also consider the role of traditional healers in reducing health disparities and reflect upon models for health provider-traditional healer interactions and collaborations. We will include a talking circle and close with a short ceremony.
Wahkeena Falls Room, University Place Hotel
310 SW Lincoln at 4th Avenue
Portland, OR 97201
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