Under the leadership of our Health Equity team, NHRMC has updated its Diversity Manual to CultureVision. The link is active as an application on the home page of CapsLive, and you can make it an individualized Featured Application by clicking on “Customize and View All.” It will also be available as an external link from Epic in July.
This new manual should be used as a tool to improve our cross-cultural communication. To provide the best possible medical care, it is essential for all NHRMC employees to understand different cultures, backgrounds, sexual orientation and other differences that could provide information about the best way to treat the patient. In addition, NHRMC is an employer of acceptance and inclusion, and it is important that we understand our co-workers so that they feel comfortable and are able to do their best work.
CultureVision is a valuable resource that provides a quick synopsis of different ethnic groups, religious groups and additional communities. If you need basic information about how a person’s ethnicity or religion may impact their care, CultureVision is a great place to start. For each group of people, a table on the left offers more information on language, food beliefs, treatment issues, death & dying and other pertinent information.
CultureVision also includes information on other populations including homeless, intersex, veterans, disabled, and others.
“CultureVision is a great place to start when you want to understand your patients, their families and your own co-workers,” said Joe Conway, Director of Health Equity at NHRMC. “It is not, however, a definitive guide to treating any single person. Be sensitive to the cues you receive and use that as an opportunity to learn more.”
NHRMC employees should use CultureVision as a resource for information, not as a comprehensive source of information. Although the information contained in CultureVision applies generally to groups, it is not intended to infer that these are beliefs and practices of all individuals within the group. This information is intended to be used as a basis for further exploration rather than generalizations or stereotyping.