2013 Conference: Reflections, Reminders, and Reunions

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  • March 15, 2013. As I sit here on the plane, reflecting on the last week, I am struck by how the remarkable the experience is.  The 8th National Conference on Quality Health Care for Culturally Diverse Populations was my fourth – Seattle, Minneapolis, Baltimore and Oakland.  

    I can say without hesitation and without hyperbole that attending Quality Health feels like a very functional and affectionate family reunion.  We greet each other with squeals and hugs, as an amazing and humble faculty assemble in a series of inclusive, interactive and engaging classrooms.

    We learn a lot and share more. Some of my favorite moments this week include these nuggets:

          --Acknowledging the growing diversity of our lens on diversity…

    -       --Remembering the need for all people, communities and cultures to co-create and enjoy health…

    -       --Contemplating the balance between the first amendment (religion) and the fourteenth amendment (equal protection)…

    -       --Empowering our patients by doing things with them, instead of for them…

    -       --Recognizing that communication is a two-way street, and that we cannot train only one side…

    -       --To embody the agency and action necessary to be culturally responsive…

    -       --And remembering that when faced with brick walls – you can try to blast through it or find a way around it…

     

    After a week spent speaking and learning with the choir, we were encouraged to go forth and preach.

    But I think the most salient note appeared on a PowerPoint slide.

    TAKE HOME MESSAGE:

    YOU ARE NOT ALONE

    I am not and you are not alone… through Diversity Rx we are now a part of an extended family. A family that I am so proud to be a member of… And I simply can’t wait until our next reunion!


      

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