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Reisinger HS. Not Quite a Lifer: Reflections on 20 Years under the Influence of Dr. Tony Whitehead and CuSAG. Paper presented at: Society for Applied Anthropology Annual Meeting; 2015 Mar 26; Pittsburgh, PA.
As a former student and CuSAG associate, I was trained in Dr. Whitehead's Cultural Systems Paradigm (CSP). Currently, I am conducting an "ethnography" of infection control in the Veterans Health Administration. More specifically, I visited six VA hospitals and conducted individual and group interviews and observations of infection control activities. I also analyzed policy documents from local and national levels. CSP challenges ethnographers to develop a holistic understanding of a community through a systematic process. In this paper, I reflect on how CSP continues to frame my thinking as I attempt to understand infection control in a national healthcare system.