Radio New Zealand (RNZ) Interview: Integrating Native Hawaiian Healing practices into Primary Care

In June 2019, I had the privilege of attending the Native American and Indigenous Studies Association (NAISA) conference at the University of Waikato in Hamilton, Aotearoa.  I presented on a panel with two outstanding students from the University of Washington, Christine Sun and Jessica Hernandez.  My presentation was on integrating Native Hawaiian health practices into primary care based on my work in Waimanalo.  This was my first trip to Aotearoa and it was absolutely wonderful.  I know I will be back to visit my Maori cousins.

I was also glad to know that the presentation was audiotaped and that it was aired on RNZ, public radio.  If you’d like to hear excerpts from the presentation, click the link below.

RNZ interview with Dr. Mike Spencer 

In developing countries, climate change is destroying our communities first

Air, water, food and resources=heath and well being. Climate is a serious determinant, among other things.

Media Diversified

Growing up without running water in Kabanana Compound, a community on the outskirts of Zambia’s capital, Beatrice Phiri discusses how she got to see first-hand the dramatic effects of climate change.  

Much of my life has revolved around the pursuit of water.  Living in my community was challenging because we all endured the difficult task of fetching water. For most families, this was the responsibility of the girls and women. So from the age of 15, it was my duty to ensure my family had enough water for the day.

I had to wake up as early as 4am and walk 20 minutes for this task. My family and I had to use as little water as possible so that we would save most of it for drinking and cooking. I was usually exhausted by the time I made it to class, which began at 7am.

Fetching water always…

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Final Project

An outstanding blog from Carolyn Scorpio!

Carolyn's Social Work Blog

Reflections on Social Work with Immigrant and Refugee Communities

According to most recent estimates by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), there are approximately 65.6 million people around the world who have been forcibly displaced as a result of persecution, conflict, violence, or human rights violations—marking a record high in the world’s forcibly displaced population. Of those, 22.5 million are categorized as refugees, 40.3 million are internally displaced, and 2.8 million are seeking asylum. Over half (51 percent) are children. More than half of all refugees under the UNHCR’s mandate are from just three countries: Syria (5.5 million), Afghanistan (2.5 million), and South Sudan (1.4 million), while 5.3 million Palestinian refugees are registered by the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, 2017).

My interest and experience in working with refugees, asylum-seekers, and other immigrant populations directly led me to the field of…

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Final Project: Photovoice exploring invisible disability

Check out this awesome post from Matoaka Kipp on invisible disabilities!

Matoaka's 697 Blog 2018

Some Background:

I am so appreciative for the opportunity to capture the meaning of invisible disability within photovoice. Engaging in a final project that allows me to highlight invisible disabilities, especially felt extremely significant.

During my project process, I made a difficult decision to re-route my final project. While I was gathering participants over a month ago, people were excited to be engaged and eager to share their stories, as well as connect with others who share similar experiences of invisible disabilities. However, as we have approached finals, many of the participants I originally connected with, shared that they could no longer participate due to the stress of finals and needing to take care of themselves. Though I am not sure about the disabilities that each of the participants had, I was so appreciative at their strength in letting me know that they were at capacity.

Therefore, using the framework…

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Black Panther Reflection

A re-blog from Joshua Strode of my SW 697 class…still got to see the film!


Social Work Practice w/ Communities and Social Systems

Last month, I was blessed with the opportunity to become a part of history. I was invited to see an advanced screening of the American phenomenon, Black Panther. The film which featured a primarily Black cast, was also diverse with respect to nationality, and origin of birth. Never has a film featuring a predominantly Black cast, been given such an enormous budget, especially considering that the director was a young Black male. But the movie was a hit, and has grossed over $400 million worldwide in less than a week from its debut. The success of this movie shatters long held stereotypes in Hollywood, the myths, that movies portraying African culture, and African people, would not fare well domestically, and internationally. The movie has left a lasting impression on its viewers, and has single-handedly, pushed the culture forward.

Since long before the movie was released, there has been much discussion…

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