Cultural Awareness And Delivery Of Appropriate Care

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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,…show more content…
The mills, predominantly textile in nature, at which the immigrant families worked in presented safety dangers, and often placed workers at risk for serious health complications. Despite the harmful exposure to chemicals and other occupational hazards associated with this work, the Franco Americans of all ages continued to work in mills to prevent and overcome poverty. As children were raised working in these mills, their education became limited and of low priority, and therefore were often sentenced to years and/or a lifetimes of physically demanding labor (Brault, 1986). The health views within the Franco American cultures are commonly shared amongst the individuals belonging to the ethnic group. Optimum health, within this ethnic group, can often be identified as the achievement of the equilibrium of one’s physical, social, mental, and religious aspects (Purnell, 2012). Due to the holistic view of health that many of the Franco Americans had, religious beliefs and spirituality often affected health beliefs and practices. A large portion of the Franco Americans that immigrated to New England historically belonged to the Roman Catholic faith. Their health beliefs and practices were affected by their sense of closeness to God, and their belief that He was an active force in their lives. Due to their Catholic faith beliefs, saints were often the focus of much worship. Many believed in miraculous events such as the
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