Ila Roy es una trabajadora social con los Institutos Nacionales de Salud (NIH) y ella habla con John Rampton de Open to Hope. Roy trabaja en cuidados intensivos y ve a muchos pacientes de Latinoamérica y el Caribe que llegan al instituto a veces porque es su última opción. “Lamentablemente, su condición ya es muy avanzada,” explica Roy cuando Rampton le pregunta que por qué a veces el tratamiento no funciona.

Ser trabajadora social en cuidados intensivos no es nada fácil, comparte Roy. Ella ayuda a los familiares y a veces hasta al mismo paciente (si él/ella es capaz de entender lo que está pasando) en tratar de aceptar lo que viene—muchas veces es la muerte. También trata de ayudar a la familia a recuperarse después de la muerte de un ser querido, para poder continuar y seguir con sus vidas.

Ayuda está en camino

Se sabe hoy en día que muchas personas no saben cómo pedir ayuda cuando están lidiando con una muerte, o posible muerte, de un familiar. Por eso Roy y su equipo no esperan, simplemente llegan a donde están los nuevos ingresos y portan sus servicios desde el inicio. Ella dice, “yo llego para hacer una evaluación. Para averiguar sobre su cultura, sobre sus experiencias, sobre sus necesidades.”

Roy intenta visitar a los pacientes todos los días mientras están en su salón, porque una vez que se pasan a otro salón, ella ya no puede seguir con ellos. Ella nota algo importante, “a veces otro trabajador social no tiene la misma cultura o entendimiento de la cultura Latina.” Es esencial buscar a alguien que entienda de donde viene el paciente, para así poder brindar el mejor servicio posible. Eso es lo que trata de hacer Roy con sus pacientes desde que ella entra en sus vidas. Finalmente, se recalca que los recursos existen a nivel de los hospitales en Estados Unidos, solo hay que pedir la ayuda que uno necesita.

Avatar

Jessica Tyner Mehta

Jessica (Tyner) Mehta, born and raised in Oregon and a citizen of the Cherokee Nation, is the author of numerous books including poetry, fiction, short story collections, and creative non-fiction. Her novel The Wrong Kind of Indian won gold at the 2019 Independent Book Publisher Awards (IPPYs). She’s received several writer-in-residency posts around the world, including the Hosking Houses Trust post with an appointment at The Shakespeare Birthplace (Stratford-Upon-Avon, UK), Paris Lit Up (Paris, France), the Women’s International Study Center (WISC) Acequia Madre House (Santa Fe, NM), the Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts (Nebraska City, NE), the National Parks Art Foundation at Gettysburg National Military Park, and a Writer in the Schools (WITS) residency at Literary Arts (Portland, OR). Jessica received a Halcyon Art Labs fellowship in Washington DC from 2018-19 to curate an anthology of poetry by incarcerated and previously incarcerated indigenous women and is also a member of the Poetry Foundation’s Poetry Incubator co-hort in Chicago. She is the recipient of a 40 Under 40 Award from the National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development (NCAIED), received a Barbara Deming Award in Poetry, and was a Top 10 Pick from Portland Story Theatre for “Indian Burns.” She serves as the Associate Poetry Editor for Exclamat!on, a British peer-reviewed journal, Associate Poetry Editor for Bending Genres literary journal, poetry editor at Airlie Press, and is the former President of the Board of Directors for VoiceCatcher journal and non-profit. Jessica has led writing workshops around the globe including at the International Women’s Writing Guild summer conference series and has taught poetry at various institutions including The Loft Literary Center. She has received numerous visiting fellowships, including the Everett Helm Visiting Fellowship at The Lilly Library at University of Indiana Bloomington and The Eccles Centre Visiting Fellowship at The British Library. Jessica’s doctoral research focuses on the intersection of poetry and eating disorders. During her time as a post-graduate researcher, she received a Researcher-led Initiative Award and Humanities PGR Activities Award from the University of Exeter. Jessica founded MehtaFor, a writing services company, in 2012 which serves a variety of clients including Fortune 500 enterprises and major media outlets. MehtaFor received two national bronze awards for Startup of the Year in 2015. Jessica offers complimentary writing services to Native American students and non-profits based in the Pacific Northwest and/or serving Native communities. She received her master’s degree in writing from Portland State University in 2007 and established The Jessica Tyner Scholarship Fund in 2013. It’s the only scholarship exclusively for Native Americans pursuing an advanced degree in writing or a related field. Jessica is also a registered yoga instructor (500-RYT®), registered children’s yoga teacher (RCYT®), certified Yoga Alliance Continuing Education Provider (YACEP®), and NASM-certified personal trainer (CPT). She’s the founder of the Get it Ohm! karma yoga and strength movement, which offers free classes to groups that don’t have access to traditional yoga studios and/or don’t feel comfortable in such environments.

More Articles Written by Jessica Tyner