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Module 2: Site Specific Cultural Information

“Never assume that every member of any culture holds the same beliefs and ideas. Always ask.” (La Crosse Medical Health Science Consortium, 2012)

Key Concepts:

  • Learning and educating yourself about a culture’s practices and beliefs are important for base knowledge; however keep in mind that each person is an individual and avoid bias or stereotyping.
  • Attitudes about time can vary greatly-learning about the culture and how their perceive time can help for planning purposes and preventing frustration.
  • Focus should be on building relationships instead of accomplishing pre-set goals.

Modules

  • Nicaragua
  • Pine Ridge

References:

CountryWatch. (2013). Country profile: Nicaragua. Retrieved from http://www.countrywatch.com/country_profile.aspx?vcountry=126

Gundersen Lutheran Global Partners Pine Ridge Cultural Orientation. (2013). Pine Ridge cultural orientation. Presented on January 14, 2013.

Iron Cloud, S., & Bucko, R.A. (2008). Contemporary practices in Lakota healthcare. Southern Medical Journal, 101 (6), 599-600.

Kavanaugh, K., Absalom, K., Beil, W., & Schliessmann, L. (1999). Connecting and becoming culturally competent: a Lakota example. Advances in Nursing Science, 21(3), 9-31.

Krawcyzk, E. (2012). Cultural connectiveness within Native American communities.  Presented at WHEN conference, April 19, 2012.

La Crosse Medical Health Science Consortium. (2013). Cultural competency online training resource. Retrieved from http://www.lacrosseconsortium.org/content/c/online_training_resources 

Peace Corps. (2013). The Peace Corps welcomes you to Nicaragua: A Peace Corps publication for new volunteers. Retrieved from: files.peacecorps.gov/manuals/welcomebooks/niwb524.pdf

Red Cloud Indian School. (2013). Our story, our success: our history.  Retrieved from http://www.redcloudschool.org/page.aspx?pid=432 

RE-MEMBER. (2013). RE-MEMBER cultural orientation. Retrieved from http://www.re-member.org/

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