Cultural Competency In Health Promotion

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Culture and cultural competency in health promotion The heritage assessment tool is useful in that it evaluates the needs of the whole person and allows the nurse to provide care using the holistic approach. This includes addressing the cultural aspects of the patient’s lifestyle. Care can then be provided to patients and the community as a whole without infringing on their culture or religion. It gives the nurse a better understanding of how to approach caring for the patients or communities and the tools she would need with the approach. Health traditions differ for every culture. Afro Caribbean Americans receive health care in a world dominated by mainstream American or African American ideals while the framework and beliefs underlying…show more content…
Community preventative healthcare may be neglected, as Hispanics may show up late for appointments or not at all. They seek older family member out for healthcare and personal advice before seeking health care in western medicine. Health is protected by wearing of beads, necklaces and charms to ward off evil spirits. Due to the fact that most Hispanics are Catholics, they do not believe in birth control and feels that children are God’s gift to them. Pregnancy and childbirth is viewed as normal and not a need to seek healthcare. Being fat is ideal and thinness is viewed as negative. Advising on weight loss is received as reflecting negative body images. They consider the ‘Curanderismo’ as their medical system. This is a mixture of Aztec, Spanish, spiritual and homeopathic combined with scientific medicine. It is practiced by a holistic leader in the form of laying of hands, using herbs and plants to cure illness. The holistic leaders are also sought to perform massages, counseling and readings and cleansings in the form of baths. Hispanics too, seek modern healthcare as a last resort if their folk medicines fail and once their condition improves, the need for healthcare or medicine is no longer…show more content…
African Americans are becoming extremely health conscious and are following up on health care, getting educated on diseases, healthcare and illness prevention. Older African Americans are still suspicious of the healthcare system due to past experiences for example the Tuskegee experiment, the younger population are embracing health care and modern medicine.. African Americans too, believe in prayer, spiritual healing and God as a health protective behavior secondary to nutrition and that good health depends on fate or destiny. They seek health care when illness occur and do routine follow ups post illness occurrence. Some African Americans are very good with researching how to continue to improve health care for themselves and their families and continuously seek out health care providers for advice on staying
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