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Northwell Health Feinstein.Institute.for.Medical.Research 350.Community.Drive Manhasset,.NY.11030 Michael Dowling President and CEO, Northwell Health Kevin J. Tracey, MD President and CEO, Feinstein Institute for Medical Research Terry Lynam Senior Vice President and Chief Public Relations Officer, Northwell Health Emily Ng Research Communications Director, Northwell Health Heather Ball Sr. Specialist, Public Relations, Feinstein Institute for Medical Research Institute for Medical's. Public.Relations.Department..The.information.provided. with.a.personal.physician..For.more.information.about. this.publication, Custom,.Chattanooga,.TN..© Could a more culturally sensitive approach improve asthma management among Hispanics? Asthma is common in and detrimental to the Hispanic community. Two Feinstein Institute researchers seek to help by changing the approach to educating people about the condition and ways to manage it. Language and cultural differences can create obstacles to asthma care in the Hispanic community, according to Negin Hajizadeh, MD, associate professor of medicine in the Feinstein Institute Center for Health Innovation and Outcomes Research and the Department of Medicine at Northwell Health. Instructions do not always translate well and misconceptions persist, such as the notion that it is better to use herbal teas and ointments because inhalers may become addictive. Focusing on what matters to patients In a first-phase project, Dr. Hajizadeh and Research Coordinator Sonia Jacome, MSCH, partnered with Queens-based community organization El Poder de Decidir to meet with the local Hispanic community and learn about the asthma education barriers they face. Three priority areas for further investigation emerged: asthma education, patient/caregiver communication and conventional treatment vs. natural therapies. With support from the Patient- Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI), Dr. Hajizadeh and Ms. Jacome began a one-year, second- phase project in September to determine which of the three topics the Hispanic community believes will be most beneficial. "The purpose of our project is to generate a research question, such as, 'Would culturally sensitive tools be better than those now available, many of which are just translations from English to Spanish,'" Dr. Hajizadeh said. "The Hispanic community is quite diverse. Would it be better to have culturally attuned translators present who, rather than translate verbatim, can help a physician ask more relevant questions?" Once the Hispanic community identifies a single area of focus, the researchers will apply for additional support from PCORI to conduct a third phase project. "The questions we're exploring come from the community," Dr. Hajizadeh said. "That makes a potential clinical study more likely to produce relevant, helpful results." For more information about upcoming meetings or workshops, please contact Research Coordinator Sonia Jacome, MSCH, at (516) 600-1487. Need to find a doctor? (888) 321-DOCS Northwell Health N o r t h w e l l H e a l t h H o s p i t a l s : Cohen Children's Medical Center . Glen Cove . Huntington . John T. Mather Memorial Hospital . Lenox Hill . Long Island Jewish (LIJ) Forest Hills . LIJ Medical Center LIJ Valley Stream . North Shore University Hospital . Northern Westchester . Peconic Bay Medical Center . Phelps Memorial Hospital Center Plainview . South Oaks . Southside . Staten Island University Hospital . Syosset . Zucker Hillside Affiliates: Boca Raton Regional Hospital . Crouse Hospital . Maimonides Medical Center . Nassau University Medical Center We're Here for You. Northwell Health offers interpreters and auxiliary aids and services, free of charge, to ensure effective communication to any individual with limited English proficiency or a disability. The Affordable Care Act, Section 1557, prohibits discrimination based on race, color, national origin, sex, age or disability in any health program or activity that received any funding from the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS); any health program or activity that HHS itself administers; and Health Insurance Marketplaces and all plans offered in them. For more information, see link on our home page at Atención: si habla español, tiene a su disposición servicios gratuitos de asistencia lingüística. Llame al 1-516-881-7000 (TTY: 711). 注意:如果您使用繁體中文,您可以免費獲得語言援助服務。請致電 1-516-881-7000(TTY:711)

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