Celebrating National Health Center Week’s “Children’s Health Day” with Dr. Leticia Nunez
National Health Center Week’s focus this Saturday is “Children’s Health Day.” Windrose Health Network is privileged to spotlight Dr. Leticia Nunez. Dr. Nunez is a bilingual pediatrician at our Trafalgar Health Center.
After graduating medical school at the Universidad Iberoamericana in Santo Domingo, Dr. Leticia Nunez took the necessary tests for the residency program and was chosen with 17 other pediatricians, to work at Lincoln Hospital in the South Bronx, a busy hospital with a diverse cultural patient population. She moved from her home country, Santo Domingo to New York, along with her husband, an engineer.
In 2016, after her residency was complete in New York, she and her husband, along with their two young sons, moved once again to take a position with Windrose Health Network.
When discussing her role at WHN, Dr. Nunez said she feels that the language barrier is a major difficulty for the Hispanic population, not knowing the resources they have available.
“Language barrier could prevent them from receiving vital information or care. During a medical situation, a patient’s care could be compromised if the patient and healthcare provider are not able to communicate.”
“In addition to the barriers created by language difference,” she continues, “the various cultures and backgrounds of patients can often interfere with or inhibit efficient medical practices. A provider’s lack of knowledge about a patient’s cultural background can also interfere with the traditional medical treatments. For foreign patients, a lack of familiarity with American culture can make healthcare services seem unfamiliar, unavailable or inaccessible. Without acknowledging and accommodating various languages and cultures into healthcare practices, the healthcare process is greatly compromised.”
Dr. Nunez feels the best way to create trust between the healthcare provider and the Hispanic population is by creating transparency among all communities and having resources available to help break barriers (such as reading materials in Spanish, handouts, visit summaries) and to better understand the concerns of the Hispanic population.
“Learning about the cultural history of others allows the providers to gain a better understanding of the fears and doubts of other cultures.”
Over the years, Dr. Nunez has gained a passion for giving her patients the very best care possible, including the Hispanic population, where she feels obesity is a health issue that they face in particular. She is also very interested in wellness checks, childhood obesity, asthma, helping children with special needs, as well as working with teens.
One area of interest that she doesn’t discuss is protecting our children and issues of neglect. “I fell in love with the idea on how you can have an impact on a person’s life by ensuring they have a healthy and safe infancy and childhood.”
Dr. Nunez resides in the Greenwood area with her husband and two sons. She enjoys traveling, cooking and photography. Dr. Nunez is now taking new patients at the Trafalgar Health Center.