Cultural sensitivity and global pharmacy engagement in Latin America: Argentina, Brazil, Ecuador, Guatemala, and Mexico

Sally L. Haack, Inbal Mazar, Erin M. Carter, Joyce Addo-Atuah, Melody Ryan, Laura Leticia Salazar Preciado, Luis Renee González Lucano, Aliz Lorena Barrera Ralda

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To establish and maintain successful global pharmaceutical and health care partnerships, pharmacists, pharmacy educators, and students should first learn more about the political, cultural, economic and health care dynamics that affect all of the parties involved in these arrangements. This paper explores Latin America within the context of transnational pharmacy and health-based engagement, including pharmacy-related concepts, health care and cultural considerations, behavioral health perspectives, and common misconceptions. Expert knowledge and experience were used to support and corroborate the existing literature about cultural dynamics of health. Recommendations are provided for how schools and colleges of pharmacy can enhance engagement in culturally sensitive partnerships within Latin America. Health-based profiles of Argentina, Brazil, Ecuador, Guatemala, and Mexico are presented to serve as models for establishing, enhancing, and maintaining partnerships across Latin America.

Original languageEnglish
Article number7218
Pages (from-to)682-698
Number of pages17
JournalAmerican Journal of Pharmaceutical Education
Issue number4
StatePublished - Dec 2019

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
Special thanks to Jeanine Abrons (University of Iowa) for her collaboration and input in the planning phase. Thanks also to the following people who provided thoughtful reviews of the paper: Michael Hogue (Samford University), Stephanie Gabela (University de las Américas – Quito, Ecuador), Lisa Brennan (Wingate University), Natalia Angelim Rossa (University of Mississippi), and Carlos Iván Rodríguez González (Guadalajara, Mexico).

Publisher Copyright:
© 2019, American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy. All rights reserved.


  • Argentina
  • Brazil
  • Culture
  • Ecuador
  • Global
  • Guatemala
  • Latin
  • Mexico
  • Sensitivity

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • Pharmacy
  • Pharmacology, Toxicology and Pharmaceutics (all)


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