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Welcome to CulturedMed

Mission of CulturedMed

  The mission of CulturedMed is to facilitate the provision of culturally competent healthcare to refugees and immigrants worldwide. At the beginning of 2007, the number of “people of concern” to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees was a record 32.9 million. Of these the U.S. accepted 41,300 in 2006.

  “The 1951 Refugee Convention describes refugees as people who are outside their country of nationality or habitual residence, and have a well-founded fear of persecution because of their race, religion, nationality, membership of a particular social group or political opinion. People fleeing conflicts or generalized violence are also generally considered as refugees...”-UNHCR.

For more information see: http://www.unhcr.org/basics/BASICS/4034b6a34.pdf

  To this end, we provide a web site and a resource center of print materials located at the Peter J.Cayan Library at SUNYIT in Utica, NY. The collection and website is open and available to the public. However, not all items listed on the bibliographies are owned by this library.

    We are also certainly happy to share what we own through the usual interlibrary loan system. Please see your local academic, medical, or public librarian for assistance.

 CulturedMed Editorial Board


Kate Flewelling, M.L.S.

Deborah Provenzano, M.LS.

Gary Maggi, R.N., M.L.S.

Virginia Young, M.L.S.

Jacquelyn Coughlan, M.S., M.L.S.




Many thanks to a fantastic team of people who made this resource possible:

     John Meador Jr., Director of Libraries, and Edward Corrado, Head of Library Technology, at Binghamton University for their generous offer to host and support CulturedMed.

    John Scott, RHIN Director, Center for Public Service Communications, Arlington, Virginia, and Gale Dutcher, Head, Office of Outreach and Special Populations, Division of Specialized Information Services, U.S. National Library of Medicine for their recent and generous grant to fund the new improved CulturedMed Project.

   Dan Schabert, Director of Libraries & Learning Resources, SUNYIT for his ongoing support and belief in this project since 1998, and Fran Connors, Sponsored Programs Assistant, SUNYIT, for smoothing out the details. Initial funding was provided by UUP, United University Professions, through a Professional Development and Quality of Working Life grant.

    Kudos for the generous “in the trenches” assistance of my colleagues Ron Foster, M.L.S. and Christine Kobos, most dedicated professional, and Amy Heiderich my student research assistant, without whose help the migration to the new website would not have been possible.  Also many thanks for the hard work of students Ashley Inglis, Adam Clark, Danielle Seigers, Charu Swaroop, Upasana Raina, Rishi Mehta, Jillaine Burnham, Zoe Sionnach, and Lisa Sarner.

    Thanks to Corey Hickok, web designer, for the beautiful and greatly improved CulturedMed website design. Your promptness, thoroughness and follow through to make sure everything was right was greatly appreciated. Contact Corey Hickok via his website cynergydigital.com


What's on this site?


        The CulturedMed project aims to support the health care community and our newcomers by pointing to practical information regarding culture and health care from a variety of viewpoints and disciplines. A central premise underlying this mission is that our ability to recognize the cultural assumptions of others is contingent upon our awareness of our own assumptions, which allows us to examine our own cultural filters and biases.

    Since our assumptions are all cultural and because culture influences all our beliefs and behaviors, the website includes bibliographies on such diverse topics as the cultural aspects of: food and nutrition, domestic violence, death and dying, childbirth, advance directives, and dental care to name a few.

    Also the bibliographies and links to relevant online resources found on CulturedMed contain items that discuss health beliefs or ethnographic information about various ethnic groups. Disclaimer: All entries are in English and the bibliographies are multi-disciplinary from the fields of medical anthropology, nursing, business, alternative/complementary medicine, traditional or folk medicine, social work and a variety of social sciences.

    More bibliographies will be added as time permits. Currently there are about 10,000 citations. There are about 100 other sites that link to CulturedMed. If you would like to see a list of who links to us, click here:


    Note: Some non-refugee groups such as Ethiopian and Brazilian, are added in support of programs undertaken by our nursing program at SUNYIT. Additionally, there are about 5,000 non-English speaking Hispanics in Utica, mostly from Puerto Rico, who, although they are not refugees or immigrants per se, have a significant impact on the provision of healthcare services in the area, so that bibliography is included as well.

Where has CulturedMed been cited/mentioned?  
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