"Defining Culture in Research"
Marjorie Kagawa-Singer, PhD, MA, MN, RN, FAAN
Professor, Community Health Sciences and Asian American Studies Departmet
Adjunct Professor, David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA
Member, Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center
Culture influences our health care decisions, access, and utilization of care. Our health system falls short with standards of cultural competence in health policy and practice which may improve the health status of ethnic groups and cultures that suffer a disproportionate burden of disease. Dr. Marjorie Kagawa-Singer, an oncology nurse by training and a professor of Community Health Sciences at the Fielding School and the Asian American Studies Department, is developing guidelines with national culture and health experts for a more scientifically grounded use of the concept of culture in research. This framework will guide researchers and reviewers to define, measure, and apply the concept of culture for basic and intervention research. In this webinar Dr. Kagawa-Singer will describe her 18-month project and how the concept of culture will help to reduce disparities in health outcomes, especially for people of color.
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