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Focus Group Findings: Visual Communication Needs

June 26, 2024

What do deaf patients do when we may not be able to hear our child’s cough, or even our own breathing? Our latest focus group findings reinforce the importance of healthcare professionals understanding and recognizing our cultural differences, which play a big role in equitable healthcare access for our deaf communities.  

We received grant funding from the Minnesota Department of Health to investigate and improve access to resources and knowledge on COVID-19 and vaccination for our deaf communities. Read the full report here.

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Video Description: The post has a video thumbnail with blue shading overlaid. The middle has a text bubble that reads “What do our cultural differences look like” in white text with rose background. In the video: A woman with long brown hair and a black shirt faces the camera.

Transcript: "Can you show me what that looks like?” Or- “Can you describe what that looks like?” As Deaf patients, we may not be able to hear a child’s cough, or our own breathing, but we can observe our symptoms through sight and touch. Our experience is different. In DeafHealth’s most recent focus group, participants reinforced that Deaf people have visual communication needs. Helping medical and public health officials understand this cultural difference will help us improve our healthcare access. Other meaningful findings from our focus group are in the link in bio or in captions. [The screen fades to show a thumbnail of a faded white background of a doctor holding hands with another individual] Deaf. Healthy. DeafHealth. Learn more at]

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