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HEFAPII students in Hadassah Ein Karem - 13 encounters during 1st semester

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  • Yehuda Stolov
    The student branch of HEFAPII met weekly between November and December with 13 meetings in total. At these meetings, student attending the Cultural Competence
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      The student branch of HEFAPII met weekly between November and December with 13 meetings in total

      The student branch of HEFAPII met weekly between November and December with 13 meetings in total. At these meetings, student attending the Cultural Competence Seminar facilitated by Dr. Anita Noble studied cultural competence models and theories and learned how to incorporate cultural competence into their healthcare practice.


      Topics presented were:

      1. Cultural competence and female circumcision – a global perspective
      2. DNR (Do Not Resuscitate) in Judaism and Islam
      3. Therapeutic abortions in the perspective of  Judaism, Christianity and Islam
      4. Organ donation in Judaism, Islam and Christianity
      5. Children with Mental Challenges among Immigrants from the Former USSR , Jews,

      & Bedouin

      1. Cultural competence and the use of contraception in Israel among Jews and Moslems
      2. HIV in pregnancy and birth comparing different cultures in Israel and worldwide
      3. Consanguineous marriage among Arabs and Jews in Israel and the Cultural outlook
      4. Sex education for Jewish and Arab adolescents
      5. Care of the elderly and old-age homes among Jewish and Arabs
      6. Cultural aspects of mental health illness in Ethiopians, Jews and Arabs
      7. Nursing support and practice of cultural practices after death
      8. Jewish and Moslem parents' perceptions of death in children and the role of the nurse


      Cultural competence presentations included the use of a cultural competence model. Many of the students chose Dr. Spector's CULTURALCARE model or Campinha-Bacote's "The Process of Cultural Competence in the Delivery of Healthcare Services" while other models such as "Culturally Competent Community Care (CCCC) model, Giger and Davidhizar and Purnell's Model for cultural Competence were also used.




      At one of the meetings, students presented traditional remedies that are used by Jews and Moslems to maintain, promote and restore their health. This session was based on Dr. Rachel Spector's model of CULTURALCARE. Using Dr. Spector's example of an "urban hike" to explore what patients and families are using for their health, students were requested to seek those things that are being done. Students were free to present whatever they thought was used traditionally in healthcare While much was discussed, here is a sample of things the students found.


      Student presented a wide range of items which were presented either by powerpoint presentation or displaying these items at the session. One group of students brought herbal remedies used by Moslems and Christians and gave explanations of the purpose of each such as:

      1. Babong used for coughs
      2. Jahade used for diarrhea and diabetes
      3. Za'aror used by those with high cholesterol
      4. selamaki  used for diarrhea
      5.  ikliljabal used for memory


      One student prepared a soup, called Oijas, made from garlic, mint and noodles used by her family, originally from Bukhara used when someone is sick. Others mentioned different cultures that use chicken soup.


      Garlic is also used for colds, put in salad with lemon and salt and used to thicken hair.


      Another student brought in raspberry jam used by Russians for colds and viruses. Another student noted the use of Aloe Vera by Russians and the importance of sports as a healthcare measure. The Christian practice of saying Last Rights said by a priest before someone dies was mentioned. .


      Another group of student explained the use of dates which are mentioned in the Koran noting its traditional health benefits in women with constipation, osteoporosis, and bone pain. They noted that dates contain Vit D and are not fattening so are used by those with diabetes. This group also discussed the traditional benefits associated with cinnamon such as its use for stomach aches, sore throat, childbirth, and menstrual cramps and bad breath. 


      Another group discussed Jewish traditional practices to promote HEALING such as saying psalms and prayer, going to the synagogue. The use of amulets, such as a holy passage from the Bible placed in a cloth and worn in a n ecklace, wearing a red string, visiting Holy sites were mentioned as measures used by people to promote health  The use of pigeons to treat hepatitis was also mentioned. All mentioned that prayer is used by all religions as a healing measure. The use of visiting the sick and the preparation and distribution of food to patients and their families by religious organizations was discussed as methods to promote spiritual health.


      Submitted by Dr. Anita Noble



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      Groups listed from north to south:


      ·        Ma'alot

      ·        Acre

      ·        Karmiel-Majd el-Krum

      ·        M'gharSawa Rabina

      ·        M'gharShibolot

      ·        M'ghar – Bridging

      ·        M'ghar – Lana

      ·        M'ghar – Green Light

      ·        Galilee Women's Interfaith Encounter (WIE)

      ·        Jordan Valley College (YIE)

      ·        Haifa WIE

      ·        Haifa University Youth Interfaith Encounter (YIE)

      ·        Carmel City

      ·        Wadi Ara WIE

      ·        Living Together in Wadi Ara

      ·        Netania-Qalansawa

      ·        Tel Aviv University YIE

      ·        Petach TikvaKfar Kasem

      ·        Tel Aviv-Jaffa

      ·        A/Nahnu – Mt. Scopus YIE

      ·        Language Exchange I

      ·        Language Exchange II

      ·        Abu Dis And Maaleh Adumim

      ·        Prayer focused

      ·        IEA Reut-Sadaqa

      ·        Study and Dialogue

      ·        Jerusalem WIE

      ·        Jerusalem YIE

      ·        Jewish-Christian study of the Gospel of Mathew

      ·        Ein Karem – Health Equality for all People in Israel

      ·        Jerusalem Arabic Speaking group

      ·        Bibliodrama

      ·        The Future – Mothers and Daughters

      ·        Interfaith Visits

      ·        Hebrew U.-Bethlehem U. YIE

      ·        Teens

      ·        Women's Empowerment

      ·        Gush Etzion

      ·        Circle of Light and Hope

      ·        Midwives

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