Cultural Humility Task Force Launch Project

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Cultural Humility Task Force at San Francisco General Hospital,
Department of Psychiatry

From the UCSF web site:

The SFGH Department of Psychiatry treats patients from all walks of life and prides itself on treating all patients with compassion and understanding. We place a value on respect for individual and cultural differences. As individuals can embody multiple cultures and large differences can exist between individuals from the same group, we approach patients from the point of view that each patient is unique and that each patient may reflect his or her culture(s) in unique ways. In our clinical work, we approach understanding patients with an attitude of cultural humility, an attitude that implies it is the patient who must teach the clinician about the patient’s culture and the clinician can learn only by listening.

The goal of the Cultural Humility Task Force is to provide leadership to the department in maintaining a focus on the importance of culture in clinical work; and to advance the importance of cultural humility through organizing trainings, workshops and culturally focused seminars.