Family Health Assessment

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Heritage Assessment: Evaluation of families, cultures and views on health
Anniemae Stubbs
Grand Canyon University
Culture and Cultural Competency in Health Promotion
NURS 429
Professor Alma Celaya
June 19, 2016 Heritage Assessment: Evaluation of families , cultures and views on health
Cultural Heritage is a concept that is passed on from one generation to the next that depicts how people live, act, behave, or think. It can be a noticeable or vague manifestation. It includes various customs, traditions, practices, values and belief (ICOMOS, 2002). Heritage can be identified through relics, structure, sceneries, foodstuffs, clothing, linguistic and religious ceremonials. Cultural heritage is important to civilization and is needed
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For instance, Americans from the south have different views and practices than Americans from the north, east or west. The Smiths’ are a typical example of this. They are a blended family Mr. Smith from the South and Mrs. Smith from the North. They consider themselves American not African Americans just blacks living in American. This family follows many beliefs and practices of Native Americans. Like many Americans they believe in gender equality, respect for self and others, disciplining children the old fashion way and caring for their elders. They believe in learning from life’s lesson. Education is vital hence all of the Smith’s children have secondary education and the majority has some college or university degree. The Smith considers themselves a middle class family and have routine doctor visits and checkups. They are insured and practice healthy eating habits and exercise 2 – 3 times a week. Mrs. Smith is a firm believer that once a child reaches adulthood (18 years of age) they are no longer the parents’ responsibility. The elderly however, must always be protected and cared for. Mrs. Smith and her family are strong believers in God of the Denominational faith. Seeking God’s guidance for health and strength thru praying first thing in the morning, last thing at night and before meals is a ritual. Sundays are usually spent in church and at family gathering after services with the extended family at her parents’ house. This time is used to share stories,

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