Sonoma County where we live and work is an ethnically diverse community. Almost one fifth of the population is Latino. We have large communities of Camobodians, Laotian and Vietnamese, Eritreans, Fijians and other non-English speaking as their primary language. Other cultures exist as well including Native American and East Indian. We strive to offer culturally appropriate information, advocacy and training of value to these communities also.

In addition to our Spanish End of Life Issues training, we have substantial Spanish language material in the Journey Project Resource Center and here on this website you can display a list of all the Spanish language resources. We will develop other non-English resources over time as we can locate them and welcome any leads to good resources we should include on this site.

Research of value to understanding cultural issues is provided through annotated links and helps clarify end of life practices, taboos, rituals, etc among various cultures.

Go Wish Cards, Elizabeth S. Menkin, MD

Go Wish cards order information, Frequently Asked Questions and examples of clinical uses of these Values Sorting Cards helpful when considering end of life choices are provided at this site. The Go Wish cards were created by Elizabeth Menkin, MD and the CODA Alliance to simplify advance care planning choices and assist with setting goals of care. Now available in Spanish.

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Healthfinder espanol — su guía a la información confiable de la salud

healthfinder® is an award-winning Federal Web site for consumers, developed by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services together with other Federal agencies. Since 1997, healthfinder® has been recognized as a key resource for finding the best government and nonprofit health and human services information on the Internet. healthfinder® links to carefully selected information and Web sites from over 1,500 health-related organizations. Visit Healthfinder espanol -- su guía a la información ... Read More

Healthy Sonoma

Healthy Sonoma is a one stop source of non-biased data and information about community health in Sonoma County, and healthy communities in general. It is intended to help planners, policy makers, and community members learn about issues, identify improvements, and collaborate for positive change. Get started o­n Healthy Sonoma! Compare Sonoma's health with other California communities, the nation, and Health Action targets with more than 100 indicators. Learn about promising practices o­n a ... Read More

Hold Your Breath – A Journey into Cross-Cultural Medicine

Hold Your Breath - A Journey into Cross-Cultural Medicine Film Directed by Maren Grainger-Monsen, MD Check PBS for local broadcasting times in your region. Northern CA KQED and KRCB broadcasting in April, 2007. A lovely and moving meditation on the clash between religion, culture and modern medicine. Produced by Stanford Center for BioMedical Ethics, Program in Bioethics and Film Dr. Monsen is the film maker who also produced: Vanishing Line about her journey with a hospice chaplain caring for ... Read More

Honoring Choices Minnesota: ACP Toolkit of Videos and Resources

This site is of value wherever you may live and provides user friendly videos and resources to make advance care planning so much easier for people to do. Videos are organized by: family stories; how to begin the conversation; faith, culture and identity perspectives; advance directives and decision making. Honoring Choices Minnesota hopes to inspire and support many community-based conversations regarding end-of-life care planning. It encourages people to start such conversations in their family, ... Read More

Journey Project

  "Quality of life is the gold standard in palliative care. Francis Mueller, MD, Calistoga, California. Through the Journey Project, the Community Network builds upon nearly two decades of work advocating for quality, affordable neighborhood-based long-term care. Educational programming, strategic planning services, and publications offered draw upon a variety of perspectives representing the personal and professional experiences of those involved. The basic premise of Journey Project ... Read More

Markkula Center for Applied Ethics at Santa Clara University

A forum for research and discussion in all areas of applied ethics The Markkula Center for Applied Ethics at Santa Clara University is one of the preeminent centers for research and dialogue on ethical issues in critical areas of American life. The center works with faculty, staff, students, community leaders, and the public to address ethical issues more effectively in teaching, research, and action. The center’s focus areas are business, health care and biotechnology, character education, government, ... Read More

Memorial Hospice

Rooted in community, Memorial Hospice has been providing quality, compassionate hospice care and grief services to individuals and families facing life-threatening illness or the death of a loved one since 1997. Memorial Hospice and our sister program, Hospice of Petaluma, are a service of the St. Joseph Health System, a Ministry of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Orange. Patients and families receive interdisciplinary patient care with individualized attention to nursing, psychosocial, spiritual ... Read More

Midwest Bioethics Center/Center for Practical Bioethics

The Center for Practical Bioethics, formerly known as the Midwest Bioethics Center, has a 20 year history of raising and responding to ethical issues in health and healthcare and works specifically in the following areas. Researchers looking for Midwest Bioethics Center publications should contact the Center for Practical Bioethics. Clinical and Organizational Ethics: solving moral problems by educating and empowering healthcare professionals and their institutions, advocating for patients’ ... Read More

Multicultural Palliative Care Guidelines

These guidelines prepared by the Palliative Care Council of South Australia give an overview of cultural issues when serving Latinos, Vietnamese, and people of Muslim faith. Guidelines consider religion, place of treatment, communication of diagnosis/prognosis, role of family/relative/friends, role of health professionals/volunteers, attitudes to pain relief and euthanasia, taboo words, handling of the body, burial and other issues. Visit Multicultural Palliative Care Guidelines ... Read More