Ethnomedical Research Specialist, The New York Botanical GardenPh.D., Ghent University
Expertise: Ethnobotany, Medical Anthropology, Community Health, Migrant Studies, Conservation of Biological Resources and Cultural Heritage
Dr. Ina Vandebroek's research is at the intersection of ethnobotany and community health. She has fifteen years experience in research and international cooperation projects in Bolivia, the Dominican Republic and New York City. Ina studies the dynamics of medicinal plant knowledge and use for primary healthcare by local communities in remote rural areas, as well as by Latino and Caribbean immigrants in New York City. Her research shows that, even in times of general loss of biological and cultural diversity worldwide, the use of plants as medicines remains popular in many communities today. Her work with immigrants from the Dominican Republic in New York City has important implications for healthcare delivery to an underserved community. Ina uses the results of her research to develop training activities with healthcare providers in New York City to help establish a better dialogue and trusted relationship between providers and their Latino/Caribbean patients, and promote culturally sensitive healthcare for underserved communities.
Hanazaki, Natalia, Dannieli Firme Herbst, Mel Simionato Marques & Ina Vandebroek (2013) Evidence of the shifting baseline syndrome in ethnobotanical research. Journal of Ethnobiology and Ethnomedicine 9: 75. Available at http://www.ethnobiomed.com/content/pdf/1746-4269-9-75.pdf
Vandebroek, Ina (2013) Intercultural health and ethnobotany: How to improve healthcare for underserved and minority communities? Journal of Ethnopharmacology 148: 746-754. Available at http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0378874113003905#
Van Andel, Tinde, Sylvia Mitchell, Gabriele Volpato, Ina Vandebroek, Jorik Swier, Sofie Ruysschaert, Carlos Ariel Rentería Jiménez & Niels Raas (2012). In search of the perfect aphrodisiac: Parallel use of bitter tonics in West Africa and the Caribbean. Journal of Ethnopharmacology 143: 840-850, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jep.2012.08.008
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