Cultural Humility and the Importance of Long-Term Relationships in International Partnerships


  • Jennifer Foster

    1. CNM, PhD, is assistant professor in the Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing and an associated faculty in the Department of Anthropology, Emory University, Atlanta, GA
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Jennifer Foster, CNM, PhD, School of Nursing, 1520 Clifton Road, Atlanta, GA 30322. The author and planners for this activity report no conflict of interest or relevant financial relationships. The article includes no discussion of off-label drug or devise use.


This article describes an education, leadership, and health professional interchange project in the Dominican Republic. It emphasizes the importance of long-term relationships and explores how over time, dialogue has led to cultural humility, self-reflection, and empowerment among nursing colleagues across national boundaries, despite differences in assumptions. The project is an example of a north–south collaboration encouraged by the World Health Organization to strengthen nursing and midwifery globally.