Cultural Awareness

Clinical Associate Professor John Stone’s work helps health and rehabilitation service providers bridge culture gaps by understanding their clients’ cultural orientations as the United States’ foreign-born population continues to rise.

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Assessing cultural competency among outpatient clinic personnel serving refugee populations in Buffalo, New York

Kristina Young, MS

Location: Buffalo, NY
Department: Office of Global Health Initiatives fieldwork in partnership with the Department of Epidemiology and Environmental Health

Buffalo, NY is one of the top resettlement sites for refugees resettling in the United States. This project surveyed out-patient clinics in Buffalo to assess the knowledge, skills and attitudes of outpatient clinic staff. The project is a part of a 3-part initiative funded by the Office of Global Health Initiatives to measure cultural competency of health care for refugees in Buffalo from outpatient provider, inpatient provider, and refugee patient perspectives.

Creating tailored messages for future BOCA patients in the Dominican Republic

Elizabeth Gage Bouchard, PhD

Location: Dominican Republic
Department: Office of Global Health Initiatives fieldwork award project

This project is the result of a fieldwork award received by an MPH student in the Department of Community Health and Health Behavior. The student partnered with the University at Buffalo’s School of Dental Medicine’s Buffalo Outreach and Community Assistance (BOCA) program to analyze preventive dental care activities of patients who attended a UB sponsored dental clinic in the Dominican Republic.

Cultural Awareness Advocated in Rehabilitation Services

John H. Stone, PhD

Location: United States
Department: Rehabilitation Science

As the nation’s foreign-born population continues to increase, health and rehabilitation service providers must become more aware of their clients' cultural orientations and bridge the gap between their culture and that of their clients, the director of UB’s Center for International Rehabilitation Research Information and Exchange (CIRRIE) said during a UBThisSummer lecture.

John Stone, clinical associate professor in the Department of Rehabilitation Services, offered strategies in which professionals can negotiate such cultural differences during his lecture, entitled “Disability and Culture.” Stone recalled that he experienced his first encounter with the sort of culture clashes that rehabilitation service providers face now more than ever while working years ago as a Peace Corps volunteer in rural India.