HADI Tools and Resources


Culturally Responsive Resources

Working with families can be challenging given the growing race and ethnic diversity of our population. In Hawaii, our multicultural population is both a strength and a challenge. A one size fits all health care system needs to be culturally responsive to avoid health and social disparities in health care. Culture is defined as a pattern of human behavior that includes thoughts, communications, actions, customs, beliefs, values, and institutions of a racial, ethnic, religious, or social group.

Language translation and interpretation are only part of the solution. There are cultural variations in the contextual definitions of disease and disability. Research has shown cultural variations in health beliefs about symptoms and disease etiology, appropriate treatments, and preferences for certain types of care. Given the cultural impact on health, how do memory care navigators and dementia capable professionals better communicate with elders and families, understand cultural values, and support planning and decision-making? This page is intended to help you with useful, culturally responsive resources: