The article that I decided to reflect on upon for this blog post is, “A Doctor for Disease, a Shaman for the Soul.” This article discusses the impact of introducing shamans at a hospital in Merced, California. By introducing shamans it serves as a way to bridge the gap between Merced health community and the Hmong community. The Hmong community heavily relies on their spiritual beliefs to get them through illnesses and hospital of Merced seems to be understanding of that. Holistically, the healers in this scenario are actually the shamans who perform prayers and sacred ceremonies for the patient, including soul calling and getting rid off the evil spirit. They work alongside with health professionals like doctors and nurses to cater towards the betterment of the patient’s health. It assures the Hmong community to be accepting and trusting of western medicine facilities and in doing so the patient is put in a positive mood, which is most cases makes the healing process a lot easier. You can see that the public health is valued in this kind of setting because health providers are willing to learn and be accepting of unfamiliar or unusual cultural practices. And so the Merced hospital is actually practicing what known as Medical Pluralism where multiples sectors coexist together for the betterment of the community. This is beneficiary for the Hmong community because it gives them a sense of belonging especially as immigrants or minorities in this California town. The overlap exists between the Folk sector and the Professional sector. Normally, health professionals and alternative healers tend to distance themselves from each other even though there is no documented tension between the two groups. By having an overlap between these two sectors shows that the community is progressive and willing to change for the patients instead of themselves. They want to jump out of the norm to form new norms. Even though this article is not recent, I hope that it has succeeded in encourage other health facilities to follow the same or a similar approach.