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Community Health Care in Cuba

Susan E. Mason, David L. Strug, and Joan Bender

Publication Date - July 2010

ISBN: 9780190616335

288 pages
Paperback
6 x 8.9 inches

Retail Price to Students: $59.00

Description

Interest in the Cuban health care model has grown over the years and despite ongoing changes in Cuban society, the pride and satisfaction Cuban citizens take in their health care system suggest that it will likely prevail in post-Castro Cuba. Susan E. Mason, David L. Strug, and Joan Beder have edited this collection of essays by contributors who are respected professionals in Cuba and the United States. Community Health Care in Cuba examines this closely integrated system in which community representatives, nurses, doctors, social workers, and other health care specialists work together to meet the health care needs of all Cuba's citizens. The collection features a first-hand look into the country's highly successful, integrated, and prevention-oriented health care model and includes interviews with the director of Cuba's National Medical Sciences Information Center (INFOMED) and the president of the Cuban Society of Social Workers in Health Care. Placing Cuba at the forefront as a model of international health care, this book illustrates how Cuba, despite its economic constraints, is able to deliver high-quality care to its citizens from a local to national level.

Features

  • One of the only books to provide a comprehensive view of Cuba's community-oriented health care program
  • Addresses a wide variety of health care issues
  • Based on observations and interviews by Cuban contributors or those who have made recent trips to Cuba
  • Shows the relationship of Cuba's historical change to the evolution of its health care system
  • Addresses topics in social work, nursing, medicine, and public health

About the Author(s)

Susan E. Mason (PhD, Columbia University; MSSW, Columbia University) is professor of social work at Yeshiva University's Wurzweiler School of Social Work, professor of sociology, and chair of the college departments of sociology and political science. She has written many articles and book chapters on mental health, social service utilization and workforce efficacy. She is co-editor of Diagnosis Schizophrenia : A comprehensive Resource for Patients, Families, and Helping Professionals.

David L. Strug (PhD, Columbia University; MSW, Hunter College) is professor emeritus of social work at the Wurzweiler School of Social Work at Yeshiva University in New York City and is also a clinical social worker in private practice. He has traveled frequently to Cuba to do research on older persons, the development of social work, and community-oriented health care. He wrote with Jeanne Lemkau Love, Loss and Longing: The Impact of U.S. Travel Restrictions on Cuban-American Families.

Joan Beder (PhD, Yeshiva University; MSW, Adelphi University) is professor of social work at the Wurzweiler School of Social Work at Yeshiva University in New York City and maintains a clinical practice in Long Island. She is the author of Faces of Bereavement: A Casebook for Grief Counselors and Medical Social Work: The Interface of Medicine and Caring.

Table of Contents

    Preface
    I: INTRODUCTION AND OVERVIEW OF THE CUBAN HEALTH CARE SYSTEM
    Chapter 1. Overview of the Cuban Health Care System Prior to the 1959 Revolution
    Chapter 2. Social Ecology and Cuba's Community-Oriented Health Care System
    Chapter 3. Overview of the Cuban Health System
    Chapter 4. Medical Education in Cuba
    Chapter 5. INFOMED
    Chapter 6. Primary Medical Care in Cuba: A Historical Review
    II. HEALTH CARE INTERVENTIONS
    Chapter 7. Breast Cancer in Cuba
    Chapter 8. History of the Cuban National Program for Chronic Kidney Disease
    Chapter 9. HIV/AIDS in Cuba
    Chapter 10. Beyond Health Services
    III. SOCIAL SERVICES AND HEALTH CARE
    Chapter 11. Social Work and Health Care
    Chapter 12. Caring for People with Dementia in Cuba
    Chapter 13. Social Work with the Frail Elderly in Cuba
    IV. MENTAL HEALTH
    Chapter 14. Mental Health Care for Adolescents in Cuba
    Chapter 15. Mental Health Care and Concerns in Cuba
    Chapter 16. Psychology in the Community
    Chapter 17. Music Therapy in Cuba
    V. VOICES
    Chapter 18. Medical Assistance Provided to Cuba's Jewish Community by International Jewish Organizations
    Chapter 19. The Chinese-Cubans
    Chapter 20. Afro-Cuban Women
    VI. CUBAN INTERNATIONAL HEALTH CARE
    Chapter 21. Cuba's Achievements in Promoting International Health
    References
    Index