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Cultural and Language Differences

Several tools are provided here to assist you with communicating with people from other cultures in an effective way, and to increase your understanding of some of the cultural beliefs and attitudes that may affect a person's response to illness, health care providers and treatment.

It is very important to remember that everyone is an individual and that there are significant variations of belief within a particular culture. Information about cultural differences should be used to increase awareness of possible differences, rather than to stereotype individuals or make assumptions which may not hold true.

For more information about working with refugees in particular, or to access health related fact sheets in languages other than English, refer to the Vermont Refugee Health Program.

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