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EthnoMed Contributor's Guide

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UW Contribution Pathways:
Students and faculty can contribute to EthnoMed via our student author program. Learn more.
Community Calendar
Local ethnic organizations and service providers, please tell us about activities and programs that we may add to our community resource information and calendar.

EthnoMed’s contributors come from a wide range of disciplines and experiences and include nurses, physicians, nutritionists, psychologists, academic faculty, medical interpreters, community members, and students.

It's easy to get involved and contribute

First contact us to let us know that you are interested in contributing to EthnoMed.   Please send a comment to us and include your name, phone number, address (and email address), and some information about yourself.  If you are developing a new article or other materials, collect information on the topic that you wish to write about. If you are collecting ethnographic data, you may find it helpful to refer to our lecture notes on ethnographic interviews.

Before you sit down to write something new, take a look at other documents in EthnoMed and study the Clinical Topic Template for a typical EthnoMed document, or if you are writing a cultural profile, the Cultural Profile Template. The templates are meant to foster a uniform document structure but are not written in stone, so feel free to adapt them to your topic. 

Finally, write your document or develop your materials and submit to us. Remember, EthnoMed is meant to be a quick reference for care providers to glance at just before seeing a patient, so documents should be brief and to the point. Our editors will work with you as needed to adapt your document to EthnoMed and review contributions with community and clinical readers, through the Community House Calls Program at Harborview.

EthnoMed: The Possibilities

EthnoMed is looking for short one to two page documents on cultural and health topics. 
As providers learn from their patients about traditional treatments, cultural perspectives or resources, we urge them to share this information with us. Topics can range from teen violence to the common cold to breast-feeding. Examples include: How do Cambodians express the concept of depression? What are Eritrean folk remedies for fever? Do Vietnamese refugees practice male circumcision?  Patient education materials in native language are also welcomed, and local ethnic organizations are urged to tell us about contributing articles or ongoing community events so that they may be added to our calendar resource.

EthnoMed is interested in hosting multimedia education materials such as streaming video, photos and slide shows.  There are several examples of media files on Ethnomed:

We have described the process we've used to record audio in Digital Audio Recording.


PowerPoint slide show presentation:

Feedback from health professionals working with ethnic groups in Seattle and elsewhere has been very positive. As the project progresses, EthnoMed hopes to collaborate with other groups in developing similar files for other ethnic communities.