Academic journal article Journal of Cultural Diversity

Addressing the Health Care Needs of Diverse Populations

Academic journal article Journal of Cultural Diversity

Addressing the Health Care Needs of Diverse Populations

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Five years ago, I had the honor of participating in the Cultural Competency Leadership Fellowship training sponsored by the Health Research and Education Trust in partnership with the American Hospital Association. The fellowship provided many opportunities for networking with colleagues from several disciplines and gaining a variety of perspectives on cultural competency. In addition to the focus on cultural competency, the leadership training gave many of us the wings to execute our mission of addressing the healthcare needs of diverse populations.

The Journal of Cultural Diversity continues its mission of addressing the healthcare needs of diverse populations. The articles in this issue provide evidence of this mission. In the first article, Time for Healing: Somatization among Chronically Mentally III Immigrants, Shiroma and Alarcon report on a study of medically unexplained symptoms among Russian and Latino immigrants.

Because African Americans are underrepresented in clinical research, the second article, Willingness to Participate in Clinical Trials among African Americans and Whites Previously Exposed to Clinical Research, Durant, Legedza, Marcantonio, Freeman, and Landon elucidate factors, such as beliefs about clinical research, awareness of the Tuskegee Syphilis Study and preferences for participating in clinical research. …

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