EthnoMed Contribution Pathways Program
University of Washington students and faculty are invited to participate in an EthnoMed student author program called Contribution Pathways. UW students have the opportunity to engage in short-term collaborations with EthnoMed staff, community members, medical interpreters, caseworker / cultural mediators and/or care providers to explore health and culture-related issues for publication on the EthnoMed website. Students range from undergraduates to medical professionals seeking graduate degrees. Some students fulfill course requirements such as practicum or service learning, while others volunteer.
Faculty and health care providers have the opportunity to request a Pathways student to assist with their new or ongoing projects related to immigrant health and culture. The student could then share “clinical pearls” from the project on EthnoMed. Faculty with new ideas for EthnoMed content are invited to contact us about mentoring a student or contributing content directly to the website. For projects already identified by our EthnoMed team, we are looking for faculty with expertise in the area of refugee and immigrant health to be mentors to student authors.
For more information see presentation created in 2009: EthnoMed Contribution Pathways (PPT) Presentation
In 2006, EthnoMed received a grant from the National Library of Medicine to update the content management technology - the programming underpinnings - of the website. In addition, the grant supported EthnoMed to pilot a student author program to:
- Expand EthnoMed content through student authors' contributions.
- Mine the wealth of talent & enthusiasm of UW students.
- Develop ongoing, collaborative relationships with UW faculty and students.
- Facilitate learning opportunities for students with immigrant communities and health care partners.
- Increase cultural competency in students entering health and human services fields.
Since 2010, Harborview's Interpreter Services has sustained a coordinator position for EthnoMed's Contribution Pathways Program ("Pathways").
The following are examples of EthnoMed content created by Pathways students:
- Perinatal Profile for Patients from Somalia
- Iraqi Refugee Health Cultural Profile
- Cambodian Shop Around Program
- Cambodian Terms for Hypertension May Cause Misunderstandings about the Disease
- Phrases of Courtesy in Nine Languages: A Tool for Medical Providers
- Cultural Relevance in End-of-Life Care
- The Physical and Psychological Sequelae in Adult Refugees or Asylum Seekers Who Have Survived Torture: Literature Review
Helpful Information for Contributors
- Contributor's Guide
- Template for EthnoMed Contributors
- Finding Background Information for EthnoMed Articles
- Collecting Ethnographic Data: The Ethnographic Interview
- Cultural Profile Outline for Contributors
For more information about Contribution Pathways, and inquires about UW student and faculty participation, please contact Pathways Program Coordinator: Rekha Ravindran, firstname.lastname@example.org, (206) 744-9087
For other inquiries, please Contact EthnoMed
Note from Ellen Howard, UW Health Sciences librarian (retired) and EthnoMed co-founder: The publication industry is in flux, moving to online and contract. There are fewer academic publishers, fewer who are willing to publish books. Governments are requiring free access to materials resulting from research they funded. With reduced budgets, many academic libraries will be making major cuts to journal subscriptions. EthnoMed is model of a way information can be published and shared. Essentially, it is an electronic book and serves as a peer reviewed publication platform for UW faculty, staff and students.