Healthcare for Humans

Kumara Raja Sundar

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46 I Safe Place International: Nurturing Leadership and Hope for LGBTQIA+ Refugees
4d ago
46 I Safe Place International: Nurturing Leadership and Hope for LGBTQIA+ Refugees
Summary: We explore the heart-wrenching yet inspiring journeys of Tom, Arnold, Cathy, and Brainze as they navigate the challenges of being LGBTQIA+ individuals in Africa. Despite facing severe rejection, discrimination, and legal persecution, they find hope and empowerment through Safe Place International's Dream Academy. Raj Sundar leads a conversation on the importance of leadership development, mental well-being, and community support in transforming lives. By sharing their personal stories, our guests highlight the resilience and courage of the LGBTQIA+ community while emphasizing the need for inclusive healthcare practices and societal acceptance. Together, we delve into how the Dream Academy's support and tangible skills training provide a beacon of hope, helping individuals regain self-esteem and confidence and marking a significant milestone with the decriminalization of same-sex relationships in Botswana. Overview: Struggles faced by LGBTQIA+ individuals in Africa. Tom's story: Rejection by family and discrimination in Botswana. Arnold's journey: Discrimination as a gay refugee in South Africa. Support systems: Dream Academy and Safe Place International's impact. Brainze's experience: Support from Kings and Queens Cameroon. Milestone: Decriminalization of same-sex relationships in Botswana. Importance of healthcare practitioners' education and respectful treatment. Highlights of the Dream Academy's 10-week virtual course. Cathy's perspective on the lack of awareness and acceptance in Botswana. Empowerment through the Dream Academy: Skills and self-esteem. Next Step Visit our website, Healthcare for Humans, and join our community to enjoy exclusive benefits at https://www.healthcareforhumans.org/support/ Earn CME Credits: Clinicians, enhance your learning by earning valuable continuing education credits while listening. Utilize your CME funds to join our community. Support Our Mission: Non-clinicians, explore exclusive content and contribute to our collective journey. Be an Active Participant: Go beyond listening. Shape our narrative by co-creating episodes with us. Be part of our community by visiting https://www.healthcareforhumans.org/support/. Follow us on Instagram @healthcareforhumanspodcast Safe Place International SafePlace International (SPI) is a US-based 501c3 founded in 2017 with a mission to enhance the safety and empowerment of one of the most marginalized populations in the world: LGBTQIA+ refugees. With its two flagship programs, The Global Family Initiative and The Dream Academy, SPI seeks to improve individual access to leadership and livelihood opportunities while increasing societal inclusion and acceptance. This is accomplished by first increasing people’s safety and stability through shelter and basic needs support, and then providing psychosocially supportive leadership training that prepares them to become civically engaged self advocates, entrepreneurs, employees, activists, and organizational leaders, ready to enact change within their communities.
45 I Cross-Cultural TB Reflections II—Marshallese, Afghan, & Congolese Perspectives, Overcoming Historical Shadows for Better Health Outcomes
May 1 2024
45 I Cross-Cultural TB Reflections II—Marshallese, Afghan, & Congolese Perspectives, Overcoming Historical Shadows for Better Health Outcomes
Summary: We dive into the enduring impacts of historical events on healthcare perceptions and practices, particularly focusing on the Marshallese and Afghan communities affected by latent tuberculosis (TB). Host Raj Sundar and guests including Disney, Jasmine, Duncan Reid, and Franky explore themes such as cultural literacy in healthcare, the influence of past military activities and nuclear tests on community health, and the critical role of education in overcoming health-related stigmas. Together, we discuss how a deeper understanding of individual and community histories can foster more effective and empathetic healthcare practices, addressing nuances like the stigma around free healthcare and various cultural expectations of medical systems. Overview: Common misconceptions and stigma associated with TB in diverse communities. Overview of the historical impact of U.S. nuclear tests on the Marshallese community's health. The importance of culturally aware healthcare for immigrants, highlighting personal experiences. Addressing the stigma around free healthcare and suspicion towards vaccines in the Congolese community. The differences between healthcare expectations in the U.S. and immigrants' home countries. The necessity for community-specific education to combat TB stigma. The role of community health navigators in destigmatizing TB within Afghan communities. The need for creating cultural profiles to improve community-specific healthcare awareness. The importance of acknowledging historical context in healthcare settings. Next Step Visit our website, Healthcare for Humans, and join our community to enjoy exclusive benefits at https://www.healthcareforhumans.org/support/ Earn CME Credits: Clinicians, enhance your learning by earning valuable continuing education credits while listening. Utilize your CME funds to join our community. Support Our Mission: Non-clinicians, explore exclusive content and contribute to our collective journey. Be an Active Participant: Go beyond listening. Shape our narrative by co-creating episodes with us. Be part of our community by visiting https://www.healthcareforhumans.org/support/. Follow us on Instagram @healthcareforhumanspodcast Sponsored by: Public Health – Seattle & King County TB Clinic
44 I Cross-Cultural TB Reflections—Ethiopian, Kenyan & Marshallese Perspectives w/ Duncan Reid and Franky Erra
Apr 17 2024
44 I Cross-Cultural TB Reflections—Ethiopian, Kenyan & Marshallese Perspectives w/ Duncan Reid and Franky Erra
Summary: In this reflection series, we delve into the grave impact of military occupation and nuclear testing on Bikini Atoll, as Duncan Reid links this history to the high rate of tuberculosis in the Marshallese community. We explore community beliefs and experiences with BCG vaccination and TB, confronting stigma and confusion surrounding the disease, as illustrated in deep conversations with Dr. Ejara in the Ethiopian community and Reverend Paul Karume of the Kenyan community. Navigating through stories of migration for better healthcare access, we examine the intricate challenges faced by individuals, like prioritizing health amidst concerns for housing and employment. We wrap up by emphasizing the importance of cultural literacy in health communication, reflecting on how terms like "latent" and "inactive" TB shape perceptions and articulating the urgency of community engagement to foster understanding and support. Timestamped Overview: 02:14: Link between military occupation, nuclear testing, and TB rates in the Marshallese community. 06:37: Community beliefs and the impact of BCG vaccine on TB perception and stigma. 11:05: Misunderstandings around TB testing, false positives, and the BCG vaccine mark. 15:22 Exploring latent TB awareness and myths in various cultural contexts. 19:48: The role of cultural literacy and metaphors in health communication for TB. 24:33: Stigma's effect on willingness to discuss and address tuberculosis within communities. 29:15: Challenges of prioritizing health amidst critical social and economic issues. 34:12: The importance of culturally sensitive terminology in discussing latent TB. Next StepVisit our website, Healthcare for Humans, and join our community to enjoy exclusive benefits at https://www.healthcareforhumans.org/support/ Earn CME Credits: Clinicians, enhance your learning by earning valuable continuing education credits while listening. Utilize your CME funds to join our community. Support Our Mission: Non-clinicians, explore exclusive content and contribute to our collective journey. Be an Active Participant: Go beyond listening. Shape our narrative by co-creating episodes with us. Be part of our community by visiting https://www.healthcareforhumans.org/support/. Follow us on Instagram @healthcareforhumanspodcast Sponsored by: Public Health – Seattle & King County TB Clinic
43 I The Human Side of Latent TB: The Congolese Community Perspective
Apr 3 2024
43 I The Human Side of Latent TB: The Congolese Community Perspective
Summary: This episode will review the complexities of managing latent tuberculosis within the Congolese community, discussing the critical need for cultural sensitivity and community engagement when addressing latent TB. With insights from Dr. Jean Jacques and host Duncan Reid, we unpack healthcare providers' challenges, from bridging language and cultural gaps to tackling the stigma associated with treatment. Our conversation highlights the vital role of Congolese clinicians, the importance of consistent funding and support from state efforts, and the unique health concerns within the community. Through Jean Jacques' personal experiences and professional background, we emphasize how tailored public health initiatives and collaboration with community and faith leaders can lead to more effective communicable and chronic disease management, ensuring that healthcare practices are respectful of and responsive to the community's history, perspectives, and needs. Timestamped Overview: 02:10 Importance of incorporating healthcare practices from the Democratic Republic of Congo. 07:35 Challenges and confusion in TB diagnosis and vaccination understanding in the Congo vs. the US. 14:15 Role of consistent funding and trust-building with African communities. 18:02 The impact of cultural gaps and misinformation on TB treatment adherence. 21:50 Utilizing foreign medical professionals for community outreach on TB. 25:40 Differences in public visibility of TB patients and treatment processes in the DRC and US. 29:05 Addressing latent TB through tailored community engagement strategies. 33:15 Conflicting social norms and religious beliefs affecting TB treatment in the African community. 37:22 Importance of connecting with faith and community leaders for authentic health issue feedback. 40:50 Need for sustained public health efforts and cultural sensitivity in treating immigrant and refugee populations. Next Step: Visit our website, Healthcare for Humans, and join our community to enjoy exclusive benefits at https://www.healthcareforhumans.org/support/ Earn CME Credits: Clinicians, enhance your learning by earning valuable continuing education credits while listening. Utilize your CME funds to join our community. Support Our Mission: Non-clinicians, explore exclusive content and contribute to our collective journey. Be an Active Participant: Go beyond listening. Shape our narrative by co-creating episodes with us. Be part of our community by visiting https://www.healthcareforhumans.org/support/. Follow us on Instagram @healthcareforhumanspodcast Sponsored by: Public Health – Seattle & King County TB Clinic
42 I The Human Side of Latent TB: Culturally Responsive TB Care w/ Franky and Mohammed
Mar 21 2024
42 I The Human Side of Latent TB: Culturally Responsive TB Care w/ Franky and Mohammed
Summary: We dive into the complexities of navigating the US healthcare system with insights from Franky and Mohammad, focusing specifically on the Marshallese community's challenges and the widespread misconceptions about TB screenings in diverse populations. Together, we explore culturally responsive strategies to improve trust and treatment adherence, including employing trusted community messengers, understanding patient education needs, and addressing the nonclinical aspects of care. Our discussions underscore the necessity of patient-centered communication, acknowledging cultural beliefs and practices in treatment, and the critical role of community navigators in facilitating accessible healthcare. By acknowledging these crucial factors, we aim to foster a deeper understanding of and responsiveness to the unique healthcare needs within various communities. Timestamped Overview: 02:04 Addressing the complexity of the US healthcare system and the Marshallese community's challenges. 07:15 Tackling TB misconceptions and the impact on screenings within diverse populations. 13:30 Importance of culturally responsive care and trusted community messengers in healthcare. 17:48 Strategies for medical professionals to build trust and set proper expectations for patient care. 22:27 Role of community navigators in facilitating healthcare access and understanding. 27:35 Utilizing metaphors and visual aids for effective communication about latent TB. 32:42 Balancing respect for patients' decisions while advocating for preventive care. 37:50 Overcoming cultural and literacy barriers with diverse educational materials. 42:57 Emphasizing a collective family approach to healthcare in community engagement. 47:11 Discussing latent TB's prevalence, risks, and the necessity of screening and treatment. Next Step: Visit our website, Healthcare for Humans, and join our community to enjoy exclusive benefits at https://www.healthcareforhumans.org/support/ Earn CME Credits: Clinicians, enhance your learning by earning valuable continuing education credits while listening. Utilize your CME funds to join our community. Support Our Mission: Non-clinicians, explore exclusive content and contribute to our collective journey. Be an Active Participant: Go beyond listening. Shape our narrative by co-creating episodes with us. Be part of our community by visiting https://www.healthcareforhumans.org/support/. Follow us on Instagram @healthcareforhumanspodcast Sponsored by: Public Health – Seattle & King County TB Clinic
41 I Hepatitis B—Culturally Responsive Care to Address the Stigma & Silence (H. Nina Kim)
Mar 7 2024
41 I Hepatitis B—Culturally Responsive Care to Address the Stigma & Silence (H. Nina Kim)
Summary: We sit down with H. Nina Kim to explore the delicacy of discussing hepatitis B without trigger, the consequential distrust in healthcare within immigrant communities tied to historical traumas, and the necessity for culturally sensitive approaches. We delve into the responsibility of healthcare providers to empower and educate patients using relatable metaphors and community-led initiatives, emphasizing the importance of dismantling stigma and fostering hope. In our conversation, we underscore the significance of precise communication, including the use of high-quality interpreter services and the shift towards inspiring campaigns that feature community leaders. Moreover, we discuss the role of organizations like the Hepatitis B Foundation in providing a voice to those affected by the virus, creating a supportive online network, and the potential for future inclusive health programs informed by affected communities themselves. Join us as we advocate for a more understanding and equitable healthcare landscape that prioritizes the human element at the heart of care. Timestamped Overview: 02:10 The detrimental effects of military metaphors and historical trauma on immigrant trust in healthcare. 07:35 The negative impact of US atomic bomb testing on Marshall Island communities' health and trust. 12:50 Shifting hepatitis B campaigns towards inspiring messages and empowerment. 17:30 A discussion on the use of fear in healthcare messaging and the importance of community-led approaches. 22:42 Providing resources and education to clinicians for better hepatitis B counseling. 28:15 The role of the Hepatitis B Foundation in combating stigma through storytelling. 33:28 Normalizing hepatitis B, emphasizing commonality, and ensuring patient understanding of treatment. 38:40 Tackling stigma, discrimination, and the need to educate about transmission in vulnerable communities. 44:15 Explaining asymptomatic diseases and bridging patient skepticism with trust-building methods. 49:50 Decolonizing healthcare by involving community members and culturally responsive programs. Helpful Links: Hepatitis B Online Curriculum - Free CME Curriculum Edited by Dr. Kim Hepatitis B Hub - Resource for Patients in Multiple Languages Next Step: Visit our website, Healthcare for Humans, and join our community to enjoy exclusive benefits at https://www.healthcareforhumans.org/support/ Earn CME Credits: Clinicians, enhance your learning by earning valuable continuing education credits while listening. Utilize your CME funds to join our community. Support Our Mission: Non-clinicians, explore exclusive content and contribute to our collective journey. Be an Active Participant: Go beyond listening. Shape our narrative by co-creating episodes with us. Be part of our community by visiting https://www.healthcareforhumans.org/support/. Follow us on Instagram @healthcareforhumanspodcast Sponsored by: Public Health – Seattle & King County TB Clinic
40 I 50 Years Later—Michael Byun Reflects on ACRS Approach to Addressing Holistic Health of AAPI Communities
Feb 21 2024
40 I 50 Years Later—Michael Byun Reflects on ACRS Approach to Addressing Holistic Health of AAPI Communities
Next Step: Visit our website, Healthcare for Humans, and join our community to enjoy exclusive benefits at https://www.healthcareforhumans.org/support/ Earn CME Credits: Clinicians, enhance your learning by earning valuable continuing education credits while listening. Utilize your CME funds to join our community. Support Our Mission: Non-clinicians, explore exclusive content and contribute to our collective journey. Be an Active Participant: Go beyond listening. Shape our narrative by co-creating episodes with us. Be part of our community by visiting https://www.healthcareforhumans.org/support/. Follow us on Instagram @healthcareforhumanspodcast Summary: We dive deep into the nuanced world of healthcare interpretation and cultural competency with Michael Byun, exploring the critical role language and cultural understanding play in delivering care to diverse communities. Michael reflects on his experience at ACRS and their 50 years of service, addressing the challenges faced by Asian American Pacific Islander communities, from misconceptions in traditional healing practices to the stigmatization of mental health. We examine the importance of inclusive services, highlighting programs like Club Bamboo, and share personal stories that underscore the need for empathy, patience, and tailored approaches to healthcare. Our conversation spans the difficulties in mental health care within tight-knit communities, generational differences in treatment acceptance, and the potency of community-based healing strategies, all through the lens of Michael's rich background as an immigrant from Korea and a leader in community-centric healthcare initiatives. Timestamped Overview: 02:34 Emphasizing the importance of cultural nuances and interpreter proficiency in healthcare. 08:15 Discussing interpreter complexities and the mental health needs within the AAPI community. 14:50 Celebrating ACRS's 50th anniversary and its impact on community services for Asian and Pacific Islander communities. 22:07 Addressing the stigma around mental health and implementing community-oriented solutions. 29:15 Examining the necessity of culturally sensitive practices in mental health care. 34:40 Exploring the social aspects of healthcare and combating isolation through Club Bamboo. 41:38 Integrating traditional and culturally informed approaches to mental health treatment. 47:50 Highlighting the role of community in processing feelings and healing from trauma. 53:27 Discussing the importance of community-level strategies for intergenerational support and leadership.
39  I The Founding of Asian Counseling & Referral Services (ACRS): A Conversation with Theresa Fujiwara
Feb 7 2024
39 I The Founding of Asian Counseling & Referral Services (ACRS): A Conversation with Theresa Fujiwara
Next Step: Visit our website, Healthcare for Humans, and join our community to enjoy exclusive benefits at https://www.healthcareforhumans.org/support/ Earn CME Credits: Clinicians, enhance your learning by earning valuable continuing education credits while listening. Utilize your CME funds to join our community. Support Our Mission: Non-clinicians, explore exclusive content and contribute to our collective journey. Be an Active Participant: Go beyond listening. Shape our narrative by co-creating episodes with us. Be part of our community by visiting https://www.healthcareforhumans.org/support/. Follow us on Instagram @healthcareforhumanspodcast Summary: On this episode, we interview Theresa Fujiwara, co-founder of the Asian Counseling and Referral Service (ACRS). We discuss the grassroots origins of ACRS and its pivotal role in providing culturally responsive mental health care to the Asian Pacific Islander community, filling a void left by national institutions. We then talk about the organization's approach, which blends Eastern and Western medicine, and the significance of community engagement in healing from trauma. The episode also explores the challenges of addressing stigma, language barriers, and diverse needs in mental health care while emphasizing the importance of integrated support and the role of community-based solutions. Timestamped Overview: 03:12 The genesis of community mental health centers for Asian Americans in Seattle. 08:37 ACRS's melding of Eastern and Western psychiatry to combat stigma. 14:02 Influx and impact of Southeast Asian refugees on ACRS's growth. 20:17 The role of community, oral history, and cultural work in Japanese American healing. 24:26 The influence of music and generational trauma in the Cambodian community. 29:05 Evolution of service delivery and the significance of community empowerment at ACRS. 34:11 Strategies for healthcare organizations to address mental health services effectively. 38:57 Integrating care to address the multifaceted needs of clients. 42:43 Overcoming communication hurdles and fostering a diverse workforce in mental health care. 47:28 Utilizing community structures and leaders for culturally responsive mental health support.
38 I Navigating Machismo, LGBTQ+ Identity, and Mental Health in Latino Communities  (Fernanda Mazcot)
Jan 24 2024
38 I Navigating Machismo, LGBTQ+ Identity, and Mental Health in Latino Communities (Fernanda Mazcot)
Next Step: Visit our website, Healthcare for Humans, and join our community to enjoy exclusive benefits at https://www.healthcareforhumans.org/support/ Earn CME Credits: Clinicians, enhance your learning by earning valuable continuing education credits while listening. Utilize your CME funds to join our community. Support Our Mission: Non-clinicians, explore exclusive content and contribute to our collective journey. Be an Active Participant: Go beyond listening. Shape our narrative by co-creating episodes with us. Be part of our community by visiting https://www.healthcareforhumans.org/support/. Follow us on Instagram @healthcareforhumanspodcast Summary: In this episode, we continue the conversation with guest Fernanda Mazcot about the challenges of mental health accessibility, focusing on the value of drop-in services in breaking down barriers and making mental health more approachable and inclusive. The discussion also delves into the specific approaches to addressing mental health for the youth in the Latino community, including nonclinical methods such as workshops, book clubs, and cultural events. The conversation addresses sensitive topics such as machismo and the LGBTQ+ identity within the religious and faith-based Latino community. Fernanda shares insights on supporting smaller communities within the larger community, addressing generational trauma, and the importance of understanding and respecting cultural beliefs and practices when providing mental health services. Timestamped overview: 00:00: Continuing mental health accessibility discussion, including inclusivity. 06:01: Cultural events foster belonging and youth mental health. 08:40: Supporting marginalized groups within the Latino community. 12:36: Respect culture, understand religion, and challenge traditional gender roles. 13:35: Educating parents and building acceptance in the community. 18:27: Concerns about elder care and child safety
37 I Solutions to the Mental Health Crisis—Culturally Responsive Mental Healthcare by BIPOC, for BIPOC Communities (Fernanda Mazcot)
Jan 18 2024
37 I Solutions to the Mental Health Crisis—Culturally Responsive Mental Healthcare by BIPOC, for BIPOC Communities (Fernanda Mazcot)
Next Step: Visit our website, Healthcare for Humans, and join our community to enjoy exclusive benefits at https://www.healthcareforhumans.org/support/ Earn CME Credits: Clinicians, enhance your learning by earning valuable continuing education credits while listening. Utilize your CME funds to join our community. Support Our Mission: Non-clinicians, explore exclusive content and contribute to our collective journey. Be an Active Participant: Go beyond listening. Shape our narrative by co-creating episodes with us. Be part of our community by visiting https://www.healthcareforhumans.org/support/. Follow us on Instagram @healthcareforhumanspodcast Summary: In this episode, we discuss the challenges and barriers individuals from different cultures face in accessing mental health support, featuring guest Fernanda Mazcot. We explore the stigma and perceptions of mental illness within Latino communities, emphasizing the need for better understanding and conversation around mental health. Mazcot shares her personal experience as a caregiver and the impact of limited access to mental health resources, advocating for tailored mental health services for BIPOC communities and a holistic approach to mental health care. We discuss a model for connecting individuals to telehealth sessions for mental health care and stress the necessity of understanding individuals' cultural and linguistic backgrounds in providing mental health care. The episode concludes with a call for representation and better support for caregivers, emphasizing the role of peer counseling and intensive case management. Timestamped overview 00:00 Mental health care faces accessibility, affordability, approachability challenges. 03:06 Fernanda shares transformative peer support model. 09:16 Navigating family and culture without defined boundaries. 12:16 Latino mental health barriers: access, stigma, resources. 13:10 Access to mental health is a global issue. 16:14 Hospital released me with baby and machines. 20:01 Mom's mental health struggles during son's illness. 22:56 Advocating for peer support through Medicaid reimbursement. 28:30 Navigating cultural nuances in accessing mental healthcare. 30:23 Survivor of car accident, mother and I. 35:03 Casual step-by-step care for mental health. 36:26 Emphasize need for comprehensive healthcare access and sharing.
36 I Advancing Healthcare Equity: A Recap of Healthcare for Humans' Journey (Raj Sundar)
Dec 27 2023
36 I Advancing Healthcare Equity: A Recap of Healthcare for Humans' Journey (Raj Sundar)
Next Step: Visit our website, Healthcare for Humans, and join our community to enjoy exclusive benefits at https://www.healthcareforhumans.org/support/ Earn CME Credits: Clinicians, enhance your learning by earning valuable continuing education credits while listening. Utilize your CME funds to join our community. Support Our Mission: Non-clinicians, explore exclusive content and contribute to our collective journey. Be an Active Participant: Go beyond listening. Shape our narrative by co-creating episodes with us. Be part of our community by visiting https://www.healthcareforhumans.org/support/. Follow us on Instagram @healthcareforhumanspodcast Summary: In this solo episode, host Raj Sundar reflects on the past year and the growth of the "Healthcare for Humans" podcast. He shares insights into the challenges and rewards of balancing multiple roles alongside personal responsibilities and celebrating milestones such as reaching 34 episodes and adding new team members. Raj discusses the importance of facilitating meaningful conversations, enhancing communication skills, and learning from guests to understand culturally diverse communities better. He emphasizes listening, storytelling, and embracing discomfort as essential elements in effecting tangible change. Timestamped overview: 00:00 Balancing structure and engagement through historical content. 03:20 Finding purpose and hope through global connections. 07:04 Thanks for joining, share, support, see you!
35 I Therapeutic Violence—How Mental Healthcare Falls Short in Immigrant Communities
Dec 12 2023
35 I Therapeutic Violence—How Mental Healthcare Falls Short in Immigrant Communities
Next Step: Visit our website, Healthcare for Humans, and join our community to enjoy exclusive benefits at https://www.healthcareforhumans.org/support/ Earn CME Credits: Clinicians, enhance your learning by earning valuable continuing education credits while listening. Utilize your CME funds to join our community. Support Our Mission: Non-clinicians, explore exclusive content and contribute to our collective journey. Be an Active Participant: Go beyond listening. Shape our narrative by co-creating episodes with us. Be part of our community by visiting https://www.healthcareforhumans.org/support/. Follow us on Instagram @healthcareforhumanspodcast This episode features community leaders and prior podcast guests Ahmed Ali, Joseph Seia, Jennifer Huong, James Hang, and Morhaf. The episode delves into the complexities of mental health care within culturally diverse communities, emphasizing the need for culturally competent and trustworthy healthcare professionals and the challenges of language barriers, historical oppression, and cultural stigmas. The conversation covers topics such as the historical context of mental health in immigrant communities, the need for redefining mental health based on core community needs, and the importance of storytelling and non-clinical, culturally sensitive spaces for mental health support. The panel also discusses the impact of historical oppression on language and healing practices and the need to restore and build upon traditional healing practices. Timestamped overview 09:14 Ahmed Ali acknowledges ancestors, discusses mental health. 10:24 Language barriers hinder mental health understanding. 14:24 Strangers are reluctant to share stories without trust. 17:26 Discussion about lost languages and cultural healing. 24:32 James Heng's community health work in summary. 29:46 Challenges in access to healthcare for Pacific Islanders 34:57 Global doctors understand body well, but face barriers. 40:37 Trust is crucial in patient-provider relationships. 41:29 Pharmacist offers understanding and tailored treatment options.
34 I Filipinos— Beyond the Rice Cooker: Cuisine and Cultural Values of the Filipino Community (Devin Cabanilla)
Nov 27 2023
34 I Filipinos— Beyond the Rice Cooker: Cuisine and Cultural Values of the Filipino Community (Devin Cabanilla)
Next Step: Visit our website, Healthcare for Humans, and join our community to enjoy exclusive benefits at https://www.healthcareforhumans.org/support/ Earn CME Credits: Clinicians, enhance your learning by earning valuable continuing education credits while listening. Utilize your CME funds to join our community. Support Our Mission: Non-clinicians, explore exclusive content and contribute to our collective journey. Be an Active Participant: Go beyond listening. Shape our narrative by co-creating episodes with us. Be part of our community by visiting https://www.healthcareforhumans.org/support/. Follow us on Instagram @healthcareforhumanspodcast In this episode, host Raj Sundar engages in a conversation with Devin, a dedicated community organizer within the Filipino-American community, exploring the intersection of nutrition and cultural values within healthcare. Raj and Devin navigate the intricacies of Filipino cuisine, delving into its complexities influenced by various cultures. The discussion extends to the challenges of providing dietary counseling within the Filipino community, considering the unique aspects of their culinary practices. The conversation expands to explore cultural values such as "utang na loob" (debt of care) within the Filipino community, emphasizing the significance of collective consciousness. They reflect on the impact of these cultural values on healthcare decisions and the delicate balance needed to integrate cultural traditions with necessary changes for improved health outcomes. Devin, a proud Filipino embracing his Ilocano heritage, shares personal anecdotes, recounting moments of surprise during visits to his grandma's house. The unexpected preparation of dishes like bisteq, a common beef and pork recipe from mainland Luzon, Philippines, serves as a testament to the diverse influences of region and generation on Devin's dietary preferences. Timestamped overview 02:14: Values, obligation, suffering, community 04:23: Food diversity reflects region and generation. 07:55: shiomai, mommy soup, adobo duck. 10:32: Laughed in face of provider's rice advice; consuming junk snacks from relatives. 15:51: Cultural barriers, family dynamics, and hierarchy. 17:00: privilege, family, group obligation, choice dynamics, life or death 20:15: Cultural interaction with nurse; acceptance of suffering.
33 I Filipinos— The Story of the "Forgotten Asians" (and how did we get SO MANY incredible Filipino nurses in healthcare?) (Devin Cabanilla,)
Nov 20 2023
33 I Filipinos— The Story of the "Forgotten Asians" (and how did we get SO MANY incredible Filipino nurses in healthcare?) (Devin Cabanilla,)
Next Step: Visit our website, Healthcare for Humans, and join our community to enjoy exclusive benefits at https://www.healthcareforhumans.org/support/ Earn CME Credits: Clinicians, enhance your learning by earning valuable continuing education credits while listening. Utilize your CME funds to join our community. Support Our Mission: Non-clinicians, explore exclusive content and contribute to our collective journey. Be an Active Participant: Go beyond listening. Shape our narrative by co-creating episodes with us. Be part of our community by visiting https://www.healthcareforhumans.org/support/. Follow us on Instagram @healthcareforhumanspodcast In this episode, host Raj Sundar explores the history and experiences of Filipino Americans in the healthcare profession with guest Devin Cabanilla. Together, they discuss the complex identities of Filipino Americans shaped by colonization and diaspora and its impact on their contributions to healthcare. The conversation covers waves of Filipino immigration to the U.S., from early 1900s elite students to post-World War II healthcare professionals and war brides. They delve into the clash between generations within the Filipino-American community and the significant presence of Filipino nurses in the U.S. healthcare system. The episode also focuses on the ongoing culture clash and challenges Filipino Americans face while acknowledging their healthcare contributions. Guest Devin Cabanilla, an advocate for Filipino identity and representation, draws inspiration from Fred Cordova's "Filipinos Forgotten Asian Americans." Devin actively addresses cultural erasure, challenging stereotypes within the broader Asian American community and reclaiming Filipino identity. Timestamped overview 01:57: Introduction 05:57: Being forgotten: Filipinos face isolation and stereotypes." 08:49: Complexity of diaspora of Filipinos abroad. 12:56: Brief history of Philippines: US colonialism, Spanish colonialism 20:10: Resuming studies, common stories, limited opportunities. 26:47: Generations define Filipino American history 30:56: Filipino immigrants, culture clash, healthcare professions, US occupation 32:48: Clash of laborers and college-educated immigrants.
32 i Care and Technology:  Empowering Families as Collaborators in Healthcare (Tanja Ahlin)
Nov 6 2023
32 i Care and Technology: Empowering Families as Collaborators in Healthcare (Tanja Ahlin)
Next Step: Visit our website, Healthcare for Humans, and join our community to enjoy exclusive benefits at https://www.healthcareforhumans.org/support/ Earn CME Credits: Clinicians, enhance your learning by earning valuable continuing education credits while listening. Utilize your CME funds to join our community. Support Our Mission: Non-clinicians, explore exclusive content and contribute to our collective journey. Be an Active Participant: Go beyond listening. Shape our narrative by co-creating episodes with us. Be part of our community by visiting https://www.healthcareforhumans.org/support/. Follow us on Instagram @healthcareforhumanspodcast In this episode," we continue our conversation with Tanja Ahlin, a researcher and anthropologist. We delve into the complex dynamics that arise when family members bring their own healthcare knowledge into the mix. As a family medicine physician, I've come to realize the significance of this phenomenon and the valuable insights that family members can offer. However, there is often skepticism or hesitation from healthcare professionals. In this episode, we discuss the importance of fostering trust and encouraging family participation in the care process. Join us as we explore the concept of care collectives and how digital technologies have facilitated communication and support for transnational families. Timestamped Overview [00:01:35] Family insights are valuable, but healthcare skepticism persists. [00:05:44] Mediated presence is important, but physical visits are vital. [00:07:26] Virtual communication as a distant bridging experience. [00:11:38] Transition to practical transnational care collectives, including remittances and formalized healthcare for immigrant families. [00:16:40] Nurses give parents medical advice, it works. [00:18:21] Encouraging openness among healthcare professionals for transnational care. [00:22:29] Transnational care collective uses emotions for effectiveness.
31 I Caring Across Borders: Navigating the Complexities of Transnational Care Collectives (Tanja Ahlin)
Oct 24 2023
31 I Caring Across Borders: Navigating the Complexities of Transnational Care Collectives (Tanja Ahlin)
Next Step: Visit our website, Healthcare for Humans, and join our community to enjoy exclusive benefits at https://www.healthcareforhumans.org/support/ Earn CME Credits: Clinicians, enhance your learning by earning valuable continuing education credits while listening. Utilize your CME funds to join our community. Support Our Mission: Non-clinicians, explore exclusive content and contribute to our collective journey. Be an Active Participant: Go beyond listening. Shape our narrative by co-creating episodes with us. Be part of our community by visiting https://www.healthcareforhumans.org/support/. Follow us on Instagram @healthcareforhumanspodcast In this episode of "Healthcare for Humans," host Raj Sundar is joined by guest Tanja Ahlin, a researcher and anthropologist, to explore the concept of good care in the context of chronic illness and care collectives. They discuss the limitations of healthcare systems' metrics for measuring success in chronic illness care and emphasize the importance of finding individualized approaches that go beyond clinical outcomes. They delve into the role of technology in facilitating care at a distance, particularly in transnational care collectives, where families use tools like mobile phones and webcams to support each other. The episode also touches on the undervalued nature of informal care, the impact of gender and wage gaps in caregiving, and the significance of material factors and power dynamics in care practices. Overall, the conversation challenges traditional notions of care and highlights the need for a more holistic and inclusive approach in healthcare. Timestamped Overview [00:01:05] Care goes beyond healthcare: family, technology, collectives. [00:05:45] Material things shape care at different stages. [00:09:14] Care in community undervalued; affects wage/gender gap. [00:13:23] Using chronic illness to redefine good care. [00:17:00] Empirical ethics challenges healthcare norms for good care. [00:24:59] Reaction to technology in healthcare, lack of consideration for users. [00:26:01] Telemedicine's pilot stage is challenged by accessible technologies. [00:30:35] WhatsApp transformed elder care in India. [00:33:02] Connecting generations, combating social isolation through technology.
30 I Shankar Rai: A Surgeon's Journey from Rural Nepal to International Recognition
Oct 9 2023
30 I Shankar Rai: A Surgeon's Journey from Rural Nepal to International Recognition
Next Step: Visit our website, Healthcare for Humans, and join our community to enjoy exclusive benefits at https://www.healthcareforhumans.org/support/ Earn CME Credits: Clinicians, enhance your learning by earning valuable continuing education credits while listening. Utilize your CME funds to join our community. Support Our Mission: Non-clinicians, explore exclusive content and contribute to our collective journey. Be an Active Participant: Go beyond listening. Shape our narrative by co-creating episodes with us. Be part of our community by visiting https://www.healthcareforhumans.org/support/. Follow us on Instagram @healthcareforhumanspodcast In this episode of Healthcare for Humans, host Raj Sundar interviews Shankar Rai, a pioneering plastic surgeon from Nepal. Shankar shares his incredible journey, from being the sole healthcare provider in a remote area without access to surgical facilities, to becoming the creator of Nepal's first medical residency program for plastic reconstructive surgery. He discusses the importance of long-term support and training for surgeons in their own countries, highlighting the significant impact and sustainability it brings. Shankar's story showcases persistence, overcoming barriers, and the power of compassion in the medical field. This episode emphasizes the need for building local capacity and providing holistic care that goes beyond medical treatments. Timestamped Overview: [00:05:17] Story of Shankar. Remote doctor treated basic health issues, wanted to become a surgeon. [00:09:42] Shankar facilitated US trip, trained for plastic surgery. [00:15:48] Doubts about return lead to uncertainty and solution-seeking. [00:22:13] Milk injections for TB treatment and the advancement of medicine [00:23:49] The importance of humanity in medicine. [00:29:34] Resurge as an organization with immense resources. [00:30:24] Support over time helps multiply Resurge's impact. ReSurge International is a global surgery nonprofit that trains, funds, and scales reconstructive surgical teams in low-income countries to provide life-changing care to patients with the greatest need. Learn more: https://resurge.org/
29 I The Story of "Healthcare for Humans" and My Reflections on Cultural Communication in Medicine
Sep 25 2023
29 I The Story of "Healthcare for Humans" and My Reflections on Cultural Communication in Medicine
Next Step: Visit our website, Healthcare for Humans, and join our community to enjoy exclusive benefits at https://www.healthcareforhumans.org/support/ Earn CME Credits: Clinicians, enhance your learning by earning valuable continuing education credits while listening. Utilize your CME funds to join our community. Support Our Mission: Non-clinicians, explore exclusive content and contribute to our collective journey. Be an Active Participant: Go beyond listening. Shape our narrative by co-creating episodes with us. Be part of our community by visiting https://www.healthcareforhumans.org/support/. Follow us on Instagram @healthcareforhumanspodcast In this episode of Healthcare for Humans, Dr. Raj Sundar is interviewed by Dr. Anne Liebel on her podcast, 10 Minutes to Better Communication. Dr. Sundar discusses the story behind Healthcare for Humans and his journey to provide better care to culturally diverse communities. He shares his experiences communicating with patients with different values and worldviews and how he turned to podcasting as a medium to explore and learn about culture in a nuanced and engaging way. Through storytelling and open discussions, Dr. Sundar aims to improve patient relationships and enhance cultural understanding in healthcare. Timestamped Overview: [00:00:00] Healthcare for Humans: Podcast journey and intentions. [00:04:34] Clinicians struggle with limited time for education and continued learning. Podcasts provide a convenient way to learn and be entertained. This inspired the use of podcasts to discuss nuanced and contradictory cultural issues. [00:09:09] Unaware vacation talk about Hawaii damages patient relationships. [00:13:14] Changing perspective and listening empowers vulnerable patients. [00:14:56] Open-ended questions save time in medicine Acknowledgements: Tessa Chu (Co-producer), Maha Razzaki (Writer)
28 I Refugee Series/LIVE from North American Refugee Healthcare Conference—The Power of Stories, Community Voice, and Mutual Support
Sep 4 2023
28 I Refugee Series/LIVE from North American Refugee Healthcare Conference—The Power of Stories, Community Voice, and Mutual Support
Next Step: Visit our website, Healthcare for Humans, and join our community to enjoy exclusive benefits at https://www.healthcareforhumans.org/support/ Earn CME Credits: Clinicians, enhance your learning by earning valuable continuing education credits while listening. Utilize your CME funds to join our community. Support Our Mission: Non-clinicians, explore exclusive content and contribute to our collective journey. Be an Active Participant: Go beyond listening. Shape our narrative by co-creating episodes with us. Be part of our community by visiting https://www.healthcareforhumans.org/support/. Follow us on Instagram @healthcareforhumanspodcast In today's episode, we have a special treat for you as we recap the North American Refugee Health Conference (NARHC) held in Calgary, Canada. This conference, hosted by the Society of Refugee Healthcare Providers, brought together healthcare professionals, researchers, and community scholars to discuss and address the unique challenges refugees and immigrants face in accessing healthcare. Joining me today are a diverse group of guests, including Duncan Reid from the International Medicine Clinic, Rachel Talavlikar from the Mosaic Refugee Health Clinic, and representatives from the Community Scholars Program in Calgary. Together, we will dive into the key themes and takeaways from the conference, ranging from respecting Indigenous voices to the power of storytelling and healing through art. the importance of centering community voices and restructuring power and authority building strong connections within our communities. the experiences of internationally trained physicians the role of research in addressing healthcare disparities the progress we've made in truth and reconciliation within the Canadian healthcare system Resources: National Resource Center for Refugees, Immigrants, and Migrants (NRC-RIM) Ethnomed Refugee Health YYC Timestamp: [00:05:58] Progress in truth and reconciliation in Canada [00:14:25] Talks contrast deep pain and healing process. [00:19:26] Recognizing the value of internationally trained healthcare workers. [00:22:24] Refugee review board offers research consultation. [00:27:19] Language's power on refugee status realization. [00:37:01] Hire diverse community scholars for successful research. [00:39:47] Finding hope in overwhelming times is vital.
27 I Refugee Series/Humanity Amidst Chaos: The Resilience and Determination of James Achuli, a South Sudanese Refugee
Aug 21 2023
27 I Refugee Series/Humanity Amidst Chaos: The Resilience and Determination of James Achuli, a South Sudanese Refugee
Next Step: Visit our website, Healthcare for Humans, and join our community to enjoy exclusive benefits at https://www.healthcareforhumans.org/support/ Earn CME Credits: Clinicians, enhance your learning by earning valuable continuing education credits while listening. Utilize your CME funds to join our community. Support Our Mission: Non-clinicians, explore exclusive content and contribute to our collective journey. Be an Active Participant: Go beyond listening. Shape our narrative by co-creating episodes with us. Be part of our community by visiting https://www.healthcareforhumans.org/support/. Follow us on Instagram @healthcareforhumanspodcast James Achuli is a refugee student studying International Relations at the University of British Columbia. He first arrived in Calgary, Canada in February 2022 as a refugee. At the immigration office, James was asked about his identity and where he came from. He shared his experiences of being born during the civil war in Sudan, growing up as an internally displaced person, and witnessing the destruction caused by war. Despite the hardships, James was determined to receive an education and received a scholarship to further his studies. He faced another war in South Sudan in 2016, where he witnessed the death of a friend and was then taken by armed men. With the help of a kind woman, James managed to escape and joined a group of refugees walking towards safety in Uganda. Eventually, he arrived at a refugee camp and faced the daily challenges and struggles that refugees endure. James acknowledges the difficulties faced by refugees, such as forced displacement, persecution, and lack of basic necessities. Through his experiences, he strives to shed light on the struggles faced by refugees and advocate for their rights and better opportunities.