Ethnicity Online

Cultural Awareness in Healthcare

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19 May. 04: Ethnicity Online officially launched

Ethnicity Online was officially launched at the Norfolk, Suffolk and Cambridgeshire Diversity Network Annual Conference 2004, held on 19 May, 2004, at Chilford Hall, Linton, Cambridgeshire.

Delegates were treated to a day of glorious sunshine, pleasant surroundings and inspirational talks and workshops, including a moving keynote speech by Michael McGrath – the first person with a disability to reach both the North and South Poles.

Dr David Stone and Mr Cliff Walker, the Joint Chairs of our Advisory Group, were present to give their support, and Dr Stone took to the stage to officially launch the site with a presentation on the history, content and usage patterns of the site. The Ethnicity Online project team were on hand to demonstrate the site, hand out publicity material and answer queries from delegates. The day was a great success and a wonderful opportunity to meet some of the people who use the site in training programmes and their everyday work.

We would like to take this opportunity to thank all of our Advisory Group for their help, advice and support during the past year, the Norfolk, Suffolk and Cambridgeshire Workforce Development Confederation (NSCWDC) for having the vision to fund the project and the numerous individuals who have made suggestions and encouraged us with their feedback.

We are also happy to announce the start of a second phase of development, again kindly funded by the NSCWDC. This second phase will allow the team to refine current content and add more information and resources to the site between April and September 2004.

New content currently in development includes:

  • a comprehensive review of Christianity and the specific healthcare needs of some Christian denominations,
  • a section on interpreters, interpretation and translation (in conjunction with CINTRA),
  • a user guide to the site, helping you to find information quickly,
  • translations of selected site content into other languages, making the site accessible to an even wider audience,
  • more resources, links and books.

With the recently secured funding, the project team has been able to regroup, and two new faces have joined the team. Anna Skilbeck joins as a new part-time administrator, while Sue Wells-Martin will be researching and writing content for the site.

As ever, we are keen to hear your views on the site and welcome any additions that you might suggest. You can contact us by email or use the site's feedback form.

Members of the Ethnicity Online team.

From left to right: Ethnicity Online team members Sue Danson, Helen Burchmore, Dr David Stone (Joint Chair of Advisory Group), Karen Wells and Rosemary Boddington standing in front of some the Ethnicity Online publicity material.

Dr David Stone.

Dr David Stone talking to another exhibitor at the conference.

Helen Burchmore, Rosemary Boddington and Karen Wells.

Helen Burchmore (left), Rosemary Boddington (middle) and Karen Wells (right).

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