Communicating About Food in Culturally Sensitive Ways (HLOL #159)

j-o-frempong-photoJanet Ohene-Frempong, MS, is a plain language and cross-cultural communications consultant with over 25 years of experience in consumer communications. She brings to this work a passion for health literacy and background as a registered dietitian. Janet often is invited to speak at national conferences and provides consultation on plain language and cross-cultural communications for a wide range of health information providers. Deservedly, Janet has received many honors and accolades for her work.

In this podcast, Janet Ohene-Frempong and Helen Osborne discuss:

  • Communicating about food in a multicultural world. Why this matters today.
  • Issues to consider such as whether foods are available, affordable, convenient, appropriate, and familiar.
  • Examples of respectful and inclusive ways to communicate about food. Why doing so is not only appropriate but also can be deeply satisfying and gratifying.

More Ways to Learn:

Health Literacy from A to Z: Practical Ways to Communicate Your Health Message, Second Edition (Updated 2018), by Helen Osborne. Relevant chapters include: 1, 13, 18, 27

Read the transcript for this podcast.


  1. Amy Six-Means says

    What a great podcast! As one who eats a lot of “one-dish meals” I hadn’t even thought of this. But yes! Many people don’t eat this type of meal – separated foods. So what an important issue to present on and consider. This will come to mind much more when working with others on handouts that have food suggestions included. Thanks Helen and Janet!

  2. This is wonderful. I travel frequently and so I get to taste food from different cultures. Sometimes, I bring a travel friend with me and I’d hear (culturally-insensitive) comments from them. I will share this podcast with them to give them a lesson subtly. Thank you for this!

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