Cultural Awareness And Delivery Of Appropriate Care

1392 Words Oct 11th, 2015 6 Pages
Cultural Autobiography
Cultural Heritage As health care providers, it is imperative to acknowledge the relationship between cultural awareness and delivery of appropriate care. The first step in creating cultural awareness may begin by the health care provider assessing their own cultural heritage, and it’s views on health and wellness. Reflection on one’s cultural heritage requires knowledge and understanding of the concept of cultural heritage itself. When assessing my cultural heritage, I first examined the factors that are identified as contributors to one’s heritage. According the Joint Commission (2010), culture can be defined as the, “integrated patterns of human behavior that include the language, thoughts, communications, actions, customs, beliefs, values, and institutions of racial, ethnic, religious, or social groups” (p.91). After reflecting on these patterns, I concluded that my ethnicity and religious upbringing were the two components of my heritage that most greatly affect my behaviors. I belong to the Franco American, English, and Scottish ethnic groups. However, being predominately Franco American, and having closer relationships with my family members of this ethnicity as a child, I mainly identify with this group. Since their migration to various locations in New England, primarily throughout the late eighteen hundreds and early nineteen hundreds, Franco Americans have been recognized for their rigorous work ethics. Many immigrant men, women,…
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