Arizona PBS Interview
"Dansie teaches people how to bring cultural diversity and wisdom into their work."
"There is growing demand for his services, especially among healthcare providers. That is because of an industry wide shift toward culturally appropriate care."
Roberto Dansie is widely regarded as the most eloquent and accessible contemporary authority on cultural diversity. He is a Clinical Psychologist, award-winning speaker, Toltec/Mayan curandero, published author, innovative community organizer, award-winning humanitarian, talented musician, minority health and education leader.
His jovial nature keeps the audience laughing, clapping, and inspired. He is a dynamic speaker and master storyteller, each one of his presentations is like a Navajo sand painting, created for the specific healing of those who receive it. Let your community be the next to experience Roberto's unique speaking style.
Cultural Wisdom(™) and Roberto Dansie specialize in making cultural events that matter, such as the Day of the Dead Celebration of Life at Minnesota State University, that Roberto keynotes each year.
The Cultural Wisdom team can help you organize your event, market it on social media, organize the community to attend and provide media promotion via web, news and radio outlets.
Dr. Dansie is asked to keynote many events such as Native American Heritage Day at University of Alabama Huntsville's Celebration.
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Cultural Wisdom(™) offers a variety of services for your company, non-profit, tribal, or governmental organization. We build resilient communities, train non-profit boards, staff training, facilitation of community meetings, collaboration with health & education leaders, community capacity building, community led community based research specifically for rural, indigenous communities of color and climate equity. The Cultural Wisdom team offers five-year strategic planning, community needs assessments, grant writing, and implementation services. As well as a team that includes Stanford School of Medicine Health Equity Ambassadors Tessa and Emily Dansie who are trained by Stanford to build academic-community relationships, matching Stanford researchers with community partners vested in addressing target community needs to effect translational research endeavors that will address health equity disparities.
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To learn more about the Day of The Dead traditions in Mexico, listen to Roberto's Cultural Storytelling.
The wisdom of the ancestors
Roberto founded his speaking, consulting and community development company Cultural Wisdom (™) in 1998 based on a need he saw to preserve the wisdom of our ancestors. As a Toltec Tribal member with a professional background as executive director of rural, migrant, and Indian Health organizations such as Pit River Health Services & Del Norte Clinics. He has a unique perspective on delivering culturally appropriate care. Drawing on his experience to bridge the gap in culturally appropriate communication, he uses his unique, inspirational style to keep participants laughing, clapping, engaged, entertained, empowered, and uplifted.
In 1981, Roberto won the World Championship of Martial Arts in Pusan, Korea. He has shared and taught these skills to youth and families throughout the world. Surgeon General Satcher commended Roberto for “Being a dedicated foot soldier for the health of the nation.”
Roberto’s latest book "The Four Elements", provides us with a comprehensive view of the four pillars of Cultural Wisdom: Consciousness, Conduct, Culture, and Community.
A long standing speaker traveling throughout the United States, Latin America, and Europe, Dr. Dansie has presented to Hospitals, Mental Health Organizations, National Association of Community Health Centers, Centers for Disease Control, National & Regional Disability Agencies, Migrant Health & Education, National Health & Human Service, Cancer Research, National Refugee & Immigrant collaborations, Minority & Multicultural Organizations, Community Development Organizations, International Gestalt Centers, Rural, Indian, Migrant Health Organizations, and numerous Universities around the world.
Early in his career in public health, he met with a public health crisis the world had never seen before, the emergence of HIV. He saw firsthand as a substance abuse counselor and director of community outreach at The Boulder County Health Department the immediate impacts of fear on public health, particularly in communities of color. Instead of giving into the fear, Roberto created an unusual program, the second needle exchange program in the nation. He has continued to lead the work for HIV & Communities of Color, with National Minority Education and Howard University College of Medicine, creating The Compendium of Culturally Competent Promising Practices. Arizona Public Media's special report on Roberto's work "How Cultural Sensitivity Can Improve Health Care" the PBS interview at University of Arizona with Dr. Sally Reel about his work in rural health, "Culture and Care" speak to the relevance of culture as a part of health and healing.
A news story about his keynote "The Power of Cultural Diversity" at Briar Cliff University began,
Describing what he does, on the other hand, is a more difficult task.
Is he an author? Musician? Martial arts champion? A Mayan medicine man, with a degree in Clinical Psychology?
“I’m all of the above,” Dansie says with a laugh. “My father was Irish American, and my mother was Mexican. When you put Irish and Mexican together — this is what you get.”
It’s diverse background befitting of someone who speaks about “cultural wisdom” for a living. And Dansie, a nationally renowned motivational speaker (just one more thing to add to the list).
Dr. Dansie's work is part of a larger trend at Briar Cliff to emphasize cultural competence in all health care curriculums.
“What we’ve been doing mostly in our history of modern medicine is focusing on the illness and the symptoms,” Dansie said. “And that’s important – but we’re also finding out that this is still incomplete.”
That’s because the most basic ingredient in quality health care, he says, is the connection providers make with their patients — one that’s often absent when it comes to patients with diverse backgrounds.
For example, Dansie says, a provider might not have access to a translator for a patient who speaks a different language. Or specific treatments a doctor prescribes might be frowned upon in some cultures. In others, like the Native American culture, “medicine” can have a broader definition entirely.
“Native American communities, they have a much larger definition of what medicine is,” Dansie says. “It’s anything that makes me feel well. A prayer can be medicine, an elder giving words of compassion … falling in love is medicine.”
Indian Country Today, the nation's leading American Indian Newsource, wrote about Roberto's "Life Service To Children."
His article as an Indian Country Today writer, "Traditional Medicine In Indian Country" is used by Indian Health Services as a guide to culturally competent care. Read more about it in the Indian Health Services "Health From An Indian Perspective."
Roberto is the recipient of several awards including:
Humanitarian of Year from The International Medical & Education Trust of Columbia Missouri University, the distinguished "Mounted Medallion Award" from The National Indian Health Board, The Cesar Chavez Award from National Migrant Education, The Federal Award from the Administration on Aging and The Illinois Association of Agencies and Community Organizations Migrant Advocacy Award for Exemplary Dedication to IAACOMA and its mission (The largest rural health organization in the nation.)
Robert is currently working with Stanford School of Medicine on health equity, community-based research and climate change.
Here you have his introduction to his keynote to the Stanford Ambassadors of Health Equity about engaging community with Cultural Wisdom.
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