America and its Health Care System: Two Gay Men’s Perspectives

By Silverton Nguyen and Savitri Singh-Carlson.

Published by The Sustainability Collection

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Homosexuals in American society have experienced a gauntlet of hardships between traditional societies and the AIDS pandemic. Much of their history deals with finding normalcy between their culture and others around them. In an interview with a married gay couple from Los Angeles, California, USA, we explored their experiences to learn their perspectives about the American health care system, current public health dilemmas in gay culture, societal nuances, and their hopes for the future in non-biased healthcare delivery. Other topics covered include their individual experiences in coming to terms with their sexuality, their families’ reactions, their perceptions of modern gay culture, and their perceptions of gay rights in society with emphasis on health care access.
Analysis of the interview also showed that these men are extraordinarily well-adjusted to their lives and likewise exhibit positive affect despite personal hardships. This paper will present cultural, societal, institutional, political, and personal factors that are present in today’s health care system and the problems that arise from biases of these factors when this population accesses health care in this country.

Keywords: Gay Men’s Health Care, Cultural Biases

The International Journal of Environmental, Cultural, Economic and Social Sustainability, Volume 6, Issue 3, pp.69-76. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 575.625KB).

Silverton Nguyen

Graduate Student, Department of Physical Therapy, California State University Long Beach, Long Beach, California, USA

I am a candidate for the Masters in Physical Therapy program at California State University, Long Beach, USA. My professional training involves developing the knowledge and skills necessary to rehabilitate patients with neuromusculoskeletal disorders so that they can participate in and contribute to their communities. Working closely with patients on a long-term basis requires understanding how their cultural predispositions can affect the health care process. I believe that respecting and celebrating cultural identities is vital to providing best care. Further extrapolating that idea, the same can be said of caring for people in communities around the world. My hope is to bring insight about how cultural sustainability has its place in health care and explore the complications that arise.

Dr. Savitri Singh-Carlson

Assistant Professor, School of Nursing, California State University Long Beach, Long Beach, USA

I am the coordinator for the dual MSN/MPH degree program in Nursing at California State University. I teach both theory and clinical components to graduate nursing public health students. As a new faculty member I am excited about teaching public health which is my passion. My excitement lends me to my interest in exposing students to multiple diverse clinical experiences in order for them to develop an understanding of the differences and similarities that a patient brings to the health care relationship. My research is with vulnerable cancer patients who are journeying through the cancer experience post treatment. Breast cancer survivors need a care plan to navigate their journey post-treatment. My interest is to make this care plan is not available to all patients in the language of choice. I am hoping to network with colleagues who have similar interests at this conference in order to further my global health interests.

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