24 September 2013 ~ 0 Comments

Health Opportunities and Human Rights

As a teenager I volunteered with a government subsidized food pantry and second-hand store in Jackson, Mississippi.  A thin, older man shuffled into the warehouse wearing tattered clothes and shoes with holes that exposed his sockless feet.  I believed him to be homeless but felt it rude to ask as he gave me a toothless […]

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12 May 2011 ~ 0 Comments

Closing The Gap: Increasing Access and Equity

The International Council of Nurses, a a federation of more than 130 national nurses associations, has released the Closing the gap:Increasing Access and Equity toolkit. The document looks at gaps in the health status and life expectancy between different populations. It also looks at the importance of the social determinants of health and the role […]

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04 May 2010 ~ Comments Off on Cultural competence in psychosocial and psychiatric care: a critical perspective with reference to research and clinical experiences in California, US and in Germany

Cultural competence in psychosocial and psychiatric care: a critical perspective with reference to research and clinical experiences in California, US and in Germany

The impact of culture and ethnicity on the diagnosis and treatment of patients with mental disorders has been of growing interest and concern to professionals in the United States and also in Germany. This contribution intends to give an overview of key aspects regarding competence in intercultural situations using research and clinical experiences from the […]

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04 May 2010 ~ Comments Off on Facing racism and the moral responsibility of human rights knowledge

Facing racism and the moral responsibility of human rights knowledge

Anthropologists working in arenas of human rights advocacy must be prepared to negotiate dilemmas of human responsibility. Those focusing on racial discrimination as a breach of international human rights conventions must contend with trends in social research that feed into politically consequential claims that neither race nor racism exist as significant social facts. An examination […]

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