Workshop 207 – Home Visiting Bridging Cultural Gaps

After working in a diverse community, I have learned the essence of understanding others’ cultures to build trust and better communication with families. This can be achieved by working to be open minded and building better non-judgmental communication skills. By taking this approach, it will allow the home visitor to build a stronger relationship and understand the needs of the families they serve. By addressing cultural sensitivities, we can build trust with our families. Through this, families become more socially empowered as they are educated and connected to the community. It is also important to understand that certain communities/vulnerable families are not aware of current resources and are afraid of the possible stigmas that accompany asking for help. This can be related to their beliefs that they may have carried for a long time and it is our responsibility to help them transition to more positive viewpoints to build a better lifestyle. As I worked with refugees and new immigrants throughout my career, I notice the stress that accompanies moving to a whole new country with a different lifestyle. Home visits are a key way to help families feel less stressed and more comfortable to be themselves. Ultimately, home visits are able to help home visitors better understand the needs of families on a more intimate level. This allows us to build relationships with clients who may feel alone, unsupported or unfamiliar with a new lifestyle. This can be the first step in helping families build stable lifestyles for them and their children in the future.