Bridging cultural chasms between providers and HIV-positive Haitians in Palm Beach County, Florida

J Health Care Poor Underserved. 2007 Aug;18(3 Suppl):105-17. doi: 10.1353/hpu.2007.0087.


This article discusses special challenges faced by HIV-positive Haitian immigrants, one of the groups targeted by the Care System Assessment Demonstration Project in Palm Beach County, Florida. The article examines the following issues: structural health care access barriers; language and literacy; health beliefs and practices and their intersection with Western medicine; health care-seeking attitudes, emotions, and behaviors; bridging cultural chasms; and lessons learned.

MeSH terms

  • Cultural Competency*
  • Emigrants and Immigrants / psychology*
  • Florida / epidemiology
  • HIV Infections / ethnology*
  • Haiti / ethnology
  • Health Education
  • Health Knowledge, Attitudes, Practice
  • Health Personnel / standards
  • Health Services Accessibility*
  • Humans
  • Needs Assessment*
  • Patient Acceptance of Health Care / ethnology*
  • Pilot Projects
  • Program Development
  • United States / epidemiology