Essay about Health Promotions Among Diverse Populations

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Health Promotions among Diverse Populations
Sheila S Erickson RN
Grand Canyon University: NRS-429V-OL191
June 20, 2015

Health Promotions Among Diverse Populations


Marginalization of the Native American population is a result of colonialism; they were considered to be ignorant and hostiles by the “White” settlers, forced to live on reservations, lost their culture and values through assimilation and stripped of their rights in society. Segregation,
Social Darwinism, and other discriminatory practices have led to the marginalization of Native
Americans, resulting in the lowest standard of living in the United States, high rates of alcoholism, and a significant loss of
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(Furlov, B. Paskus, L.) Mental Health is of the highest concern along with the following:

Cancer, Heart Disease, and Diabetes are the top three galling afflictions.

Unintentional injuries, Chronic Liver disease, chronic lower respiratory disease follow close. 

Stroke, Suicide, Nephrosis and chronic Nephrotic Syndrome are in the top ten.

Unfortunately, Influenza and Pneumonia have to be figured into the mix as well.

Perhaps since the time the Europeans first traded alcohol with the Native Americans, it began the downward spiral effect that they are feeling today. It has been said that alcoholism is an epidemic among the Native America. Alcohol is no longer sold on any Reservation due to the issue. The American Indian and Alaska Native people have long experienced lower health status when compared with other Americans. Lower life expectancy and the disproportionate disease burden exist perhaps because of inadequate education, disproportionate poverty, discrimination in the delivery of health services, and cultural differences.

Health Promotions Among Diverse Populations


Native traditional Health remedies and Health defined by Indigenous America

They combine herbal medicine, spirituality, and rituals. In addition, there are many similarities in today societies and the Native American culture. Sage is held sacred by many
Native American Indians, because of the effective purifying energies. They
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