Cultural Elements Underlying the Community Health Representative – Client Relationship on Navajo Nation
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CitationGampa, Vikas. 2016. Cultural Elements Underlying the Community Health Representative – Client Relationship on Navajo Nation. Doctoral dissertation, Harvard Medical School.
AbstractObjective: Navajo Nation Community Health Representatives (CHR) are trained community health workers (CHWs) who provide crucial services for patients and families. The success of the CHRs’ interventions depends on the interactions between the CHRs and their clients. The research investigates culturally specific factors that build and sustain the CHR-client relationship.
Methods: In-depth interviews were conducted with 16 CHRs in Navajo Nation. Interviews were transcribed and coded according to relevant themes. Code summaries were organized into a narrative using grounded theory techniques.
Results: The analysis revealed four findings critical to the development of a CHR-client relationship. Trust is essential to this relationship and provides a basis for providing quality services. The ability to build and maintain trust is defined by tradition and culture. CHRs must be respectful of the diverse traditional and social practices. Lastly, the passing of clients brings together the CHR, the client’s family, and the community.
Conclusions: Understanding the cultural elements of the CHR-client relationship will inform the work of community partners, clinical providers, and other indigenous communities working to strengthen CHR programs and obtain positive health outcomes among marginalized communities.
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