Feb 8

Language in professions

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Dr. Martinez,


Thank you for this very informative and interesting podcast. While listening to your podcast, I found the topic regarding cultural differences and how they are considered ethical dilemmas to be highly interesting. Prior to listening to your podcast, I have never thought of this issue in this perspective. I think it is important for students to realize that cultural differences are in fact ethical dilemmas. It was mentioned in the video, that once a student is able to realize this, they now have the tools necessary to assess the outcomes that come with cultural differences. This analyzation is important as it helps offer insight in regards to how cultural differences create different outcomes. We can they take this valuable information and use it to our advantage to better understand these differences and their impact. Cultural differences are often times overlooked when instead they should be a primary focus considering how great of an impact these differences can have. In accepting and understanding cultural differences, I believe that we can provide better services for LEP individuals that place higher importance on them rather than simply meeting the needs of the health care facility.


Kindest regards,

Krystal Solano

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