Cultural competency in health care means meeting your patients where they are and addressing their social and cultural needs in a respectful, nonjudgmental way. In this podcast, Ina Vandebroek, Ph.D., Ethnomedical Research Specialist at the Institute of Economic Botany, The New York Botanical Garden shares her research in the traditional knowledge, beliefs and practices related to immigrant health and health care, including the use of medicinal plants in several Latino and Caribbean communities in New York City. Dr. Vanderbroek discusses customs and cultural beliefs about specific illnesses and herbal therapies that are recognized in these communities but unfamiliar in mainstream medicine.
Dr. Ina Vandebroek
Dr. Ina Vandebroek uses the results of her research to develop training activities with health care professionals to improve dialogue and help build trusting relationships with their Latino/Caribbean patients, and as well as strengthen culturally competency in the health care system for underserved communities. She is the recipient of a World of Difference grant from the Cigna Foundation.