Why use a cultural navigator?
Staying at a hospital is a stressful situation. The language, environment, and expectations may be different from what you’re used to. At the same time, a lot of your energy is spent healing. You may feel confused or not listened to, especially if there are language, cultural, religious, financial, and other barriers.
A cultural navigator helps lessen or eliminate those barriers so that you can focus on recovering from illness or an operation. They can advocate for and facilitate communication between you, your family, and the healthcare team.
We have cultural navigators for patients who are:
- African American/Black
- American Indian
- Somali (male or female)