Thursday, September 24, 2009

The New York Times on Hmong Shamans Caring for Hospital Patients

There's a neat article in the New York Times today about Hmong shamans visiting the sick in hospitals in New York. Not only is the piece really interesting in and of itself, but it points to a larger trend chaplains would do well to take note of:
    A recent survey of 60 hospitals in the United States by the Joint Commission, the country’s largest hospital accrediting group, found that the hospitals were increasingly embracing cultural beliefs, driven sometimes by marketing, whether by adding calcium-and iron-rich Korean seaweed soup to the maternity ward menu at Good Samaritan Hospital in Los Angeles, on the edge of Koreatown, or providing birthing doulas for Somali women in Minneapolis.

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