With the endoresement of Interim Dean Pam Mitchell, the School of Nursing will be joining students from other Health Sciences Schools in reading Anne Fadiman's The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down.
This moving story chronicles the experience of a Hmong refugee family from Laos as they navigate the healthcare system in Merced, California, to treat their young daughter with epilepsy. At its heart, it is a story about cultural miscommunication between the U.S. medical community and a Hmong family. It has become a classic text in medical and anthropological fields and offers a rich foundation for inter-professional, cross-cultural exploration and education. You will confront many of the issues raised in this book throughout your nursing education and career.
Throughout fall quarter, we will be offering discussion groups, facilitated by faculty and students from across the health sciences, as well as other events. The success of this project relies on your thoughtful participation, reflection and feedback. Your ability to recognize, analyze and respond in culturally competent and compassionate ways in your career will make you a better health professional in any context.
New and used copies are widely available at minimal cost online, or check out a copy from your local library.
A detailed schedule of events and more information will be coming soon. In the meantime, please take the time to obtain and read The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down prior to the start of fall quarter 2012.
If you have questions or comments about this project, or if you would be interested in being a student facilitator for one of the discussion groups, please contact Lauren Henricksen, Service Learning Manager, Regional Affairs, Dean of Medicine at firstname.lastname@example.org.