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Equality Week: Revisited

February 5-9th was LikeverdUKA / Equality Week at our library in cooperation with Marianne Eidem Fostervold, Counselor in Equal Health Services, at the Chaplaincy at St. Olavs Hospital.

Equal health services mean equally good services to anyone who needs it when they need it – regardless of ethnic background, language, religion or belief, age, gender, sexual orientation, residence, functional capacity, and socioeconomic prerequisites.

The week featured lectures, exhibitions and discussions in the library and at St. Olavs Hospital, and we hosted NONEMI (National Network for Migration Friendly Hospitals). The events had good turnouts, with participants from both the hospital and NTNU. We filmed three of the lectures, which can be seen by following the links below. [In Norwegian]

Health communication across cultures
How to communicate constructively with patients who have a different health understanding than us. Anne Helene Kveim Lie, doctor, historian and associate professor at UiO, held a lecture on cultural reflection as an important tool for equal health service. How do healthcare professionals communicate best with patients who have a different understanding of how the body works and what it takes to recover? Can we learn something by clarifying our own health understanding and our own culture?

Interpreting Center at OUS
Hanne Løfnes, Head of the Interpreting Center at Oslo University Hospital (OUS), held a lecture on “What can we learn from the success story about the creation of our own interpretative center at OUS – what has been changed for patients, employees and interpreters?”. Cultural consultant at St. Olavs Hospital, Matri Abroud, was the introductory speaker.

Lecture by Håkon Stemark from RVTS Midt

Refugees with a trauma background as hospital patients
Håkon Inge Stenmark, Psychologist at RVTS Midt, shared his knowledge of how healthcare professionals can take care of their patients without reactivating trauma experiences. A large percentage of refugees have experienced torture or other traumatic experiences. Many of these are linked to hospital-like surroundings.

Communicate your research?
Interested in communicating your research to a wider audience? Want to present a new publication or discuss your research findings in a broader context?
Contact post@bmh.ntnu.no to plan an event or exhibition at the Medicine and Health Library.

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