Vote for Multicultural Health -- April 10-13, 2012

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  • Help put multicultural health on the list of the 20 great challenges facing health care!

    The TEDMED 2012 conference this week in Washington, D.C. (April 10-13) is featuring the TEDMED Great Challenges Program. This initiative is designed to get conference-goers and others around the country thinking about deeply rooted challenges in health and medicine that have multiple, interconnected causes and pathways to solutions. The goal is to narrow the slate of 50 down to 20 by having members of the TEDMED community vote during the conference for those Challenges that they find most pressing. TEDMED will then focus its efforts over the coming year on addressing these top 20 challenges

    We hope you’ll join in the conversation and make your voice heard. Here’s how:

    If you’re attending the conference, stop by the RWJF social space where expert “Advocates” for each of the 50 Challenges will be gathering.

    You can also connect through one of the many health professions schools or health care institutions that are participating in TEDMED online. Click the Participating Institutions list on this page:

    Participate in the online conversations: Download the app, TEDMED Connect

    to vote on your choice for the top 20 Great Challenges, and to connect with those at the conference (App is available for free in iTunes and the Android app store, and can be viewed as a mobile website)
    Follow the conversation on Twitter: Use #TEDMEDchallenges when tweeting about any of TEDMED’s 50 Great Challenges and #TEDMED for general conference content. You could include messages or references related to multicultural health and encourage people to vote for this topic.

    We're thrilled that Ira Sen Gupta, director of the Cross Cultural Health Care Program in Seattle, is acting as a champion for multicultural health at the conference. Please support her and our field by voting in the TEDMED Great Challenges.

    And here's the text on the challenge:

    Practicing Multi-Cultural Medicine

    Good communication between speakers of different languages is already a difficult challenge in U.S. medicine, but it’s expected to grow tougher still as minority populations grow and the number of languages spoken in every American city and region also increases—and the number of cultures served by the U.S. healthcare system grows.

    How can the healthcare system and providers cope successfully with an ever more multi-lingual, multi-cultural society? For example, could cellphones serve as universal translators? How can medical professionals cope with the sometimes very different value systems of various cultures?


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