Beth Lincoln is an author, national speaker, Family Nurse Practitioner with the Napa Valley Family Medical Group and teaches Transcultural Nursing at Pacific Union College.

She has authored two books, most recently “Further Reflections from Common Ground: Cultural Awareness in Healthcare.”

Lincoln said her goal is to inspire others “to strive for cultural competence in providing sensitive and effective health care.”

1. What was your childhood ambition?

To be an astronomer.

My folks gave me a telescope when I was 10 years old. My dad set it up, and I remember looking at the moon the very first time and was amazed!

2. Which three people would you most like to have dinner with?

My Mom, Barbara Lincoln and my grandmothers, Anna Marie Lincoln and Dorothy Marie Dempsey – I’d like to hear their shared story.

3. What was your first job?

Working at Buchanan’s Stationery Store in St Helena.

4. Why did you get into health care?

I have worked as a Registered Nurse for many years, most of which was with diverse populations—rural, urban, white, black, Hispanic, Asian – and in variety of settings – hospital, clinic and ER.

I recognized that one’s cultural beliefs and values, along with their history, influenced their healthcare decisions and action.

I also witnessed discrimination and prejudice toward patients in these setting.

Statistics bear out that if you live in poverty or are a person of color you are at greater risk than the general population for poor health, you are less likely to receive equitable care at clinics, ERs, hospitals and are more likely to have health outcomes that lead to chronic illness.

5. What is the biggest challenge the healthcare industry has faced?

Recognition by health care providers/hospital administrators that cultural beliefs and values do influence health care decisions and actions.

6. Who do you most admire in the business world?

Deepak Chopra, Stephen Covey and Oprah Winfrey.

7. If you could change one thing about the healthcare industry, what would it be?

Include cultural assessment on all hospital admissions.

8. What’s something people might be surprised to know about you?

We have 10 kids in my family. My mom had twins then triplets. The twins are 64. The triplets are in their 50s. All fraternal.

9. What’s on your to-do list?

Lounge on the beach in Tahiti.

10. What is one thing you hope to accomplish in your lifetime that you haven’t yet?

Play the piano!

Lincoln can be contacted via bethlincoln.com.

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