Diversity, Healing and Health Care..
A web-based resource for clinicians
who work with patients whose
cultures and religions are different from their own.


Greetings and Introductions
Religious Beliefs and Healing
Cohort Life Events
Scenarios & Definitions..
Introduction & HomePage.
Program Information & Bibliography

Survey About Use

The menu above provides web-based pages. Click here for a menu to view pages in PDF format. .
Welcome Diversity, Healing, and Health Care, a cooperative project of On Lok SeniorHealth and the Stanford Geriatric Education Center (Division of Family and Community Health, Stanford University School of Medicine), and partially funded through a grant from the Bureau of Health Professions, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
......What is this site?
Diversity, Healing and Healthcare presents cultural and religious information relevant to healthcare providers. It is not intended to be a complete view of any culture or religion, but rather 'sound bytes' to provide information that may impact communication between health care providers and patients who are from different cultures. Content experts, including clinicians, patients, diversity trainers, clergy, and educators have reviewed the information.
......We each belong to multiple cultures of heritage, work, education, economics, religion, etc. There is no single explanation about the interaction of our cultures. That is what makes us individuals, groups, and nations. This site cannot take the place of understanding each individual as a unique blend of beliefs and social practices, but can offer some practical information and tips.
.....Site Organization - There are three key content sections in this site:
  1.  Greetings and introductions: You know that your patient will improve her medication and/or exercise regime if she has support from her family. You are looking for information about introducing ideas to the family, and negotiating an improvement in the follow through of your patient's health regime. Check the Greetings and Introduction section for differences in negotiating health care needs with patients and families.
  2. Religions: Other health care providers have told you that your patient has some specific eating habits that may effect nutrition, and impact other health care issues. The person providing the information thinks it may have something to do with the patient's religious beliefs, but has no further information. You will need to discuss the problems that nutrition is causing with the patient and family. Check the Religions section to find information about the connection between dietary and religious beliefs.
  3. Cohort life events: You suspect that some life events may be affecting your 80-year-old patient related to cooperation with other health care workers. Check the Cohort Life Events section for information that will help you explain this to the other health care workers.
The section 'Scenarios and Definitions' provides case studies as examples of clinical cases in which the diversity information might be useful, and definitions of common diversity terminology. Scenarios and Definitions' can be helpful, particularly to those with less diversity experience, but is not essential to moving through the site.The scenarios are presented to offer functional activities in learning to find information within Diversity, Healing, and Health Care. A brief scenario has been written for each of the content areas. There are multiple answers related to different cultures for each scenario.
.....How can this site help you?
The information in this program can help begin the clinician-patient communication in culturally diverse situations. The program was designed with the idea that the user would need minimal training in how to move through the information,and so that the program could integrate into the clinician's work, perhaps as a desktop shortcut to the site.As you navigate this program, your movement and access to information is self-directed. There is no single way to move through the information. It is designed with the idea that you can revisit the site and find specific cultural or religious information quickly, and return to the clinic where you can use the information to enhance communication with patients, and more easily achieve agreement about health care needs, compliance or follow-through.The time you spend in the Diversity Program will vary with your interest and exploration of the material.
.....How can you help this site?
A vital part of this site includes feedback on the use and content. After exploring the program, users are asked to email Dr. Napier before leaving the site. Your email provides feedback and helps us know the usefulness of the site so we can maintain funding to support and expand the site. You can also provide feedback through the email links to the designer/webmaster (Dr. Napier-Tibere) of the site on many pages.
.....The usability testing was conducted as dissertation research by Napier-Tibere as partial fulfillment of the requirements of a Doctorate of Education from Pepperdine University. Of the 90 participants who submitted usability surveys during the study, 92% said they would return to the site for additional information. The program will be continually edited related to the feedback with the goal of enhancing information to improve communication and patient involvement in determining health care regimes.
.....Corrections and additions to this site are welcomed.
You can contact the researcher for information, corrections, permission to use content, and contributing information at bdnapier[at] . I (Dr.. Napier) welcome your suggestions for changes, corrections, and expansion of the information. I have been pleased that educational departments of several of the religions discussed herein have contributed information and offered important clarifications. Thank you., I am in the process of updating information in this site, so in some places my email contact information may not be listed correctly - it's a one-person deal these days, so please bear with me. The email in this paragraph is correct.
....Click on an area of interest in the menu at the top of this page, and begin your exploration.
Remember that you can provide feedback to the designer/webmaster.