Science and Engineering


Civil Engineering

Faculty Mentor

Michael Jaycox


This research addresses the ethical need for collaboration between conventional medicine, sometimes referred to as contemporary secular medicine, and Latine complementary and alternative medicine (CAM). It emphasizes the significance of acknowledging Indigenous medical perspectives as a matter of justice for marginalized communities. This work seeks to both argue for ethical duties of conventional medicine and offer potential solutions for bridging the gap between conventional medicine and Latine CAM, emphasizing the historical roots of the divide and its contemporary implications. The research points towards the crucial role of collaboration to enhance healthcare and address disparities within Latine communities. The study draws upon historical contexts and contemporary perspectives, using qualitative and ethical analyses to explore concerns about CAM from the viewpoints of both conventional medicine practitioners and CAM practitioners themselves. It also outlines a practical approach to fostering collaboration, encouraging open communication and mutual respect. The conclusions drawn by the research emphasize ethical obligations and opportunities for better healthcare in Latine communities. This paper underscores the value of CAM as a culturally sensitive and financially accessible healthcare option, in addition to the potential benefits of mutual collaboration. This work adds to the body of knowledge about medical ethics by highlighting the importance of respecting autonomy, justice, and cultural context in healthcare, promoting a more holistic and equitable approach to medicine in these communities.