Heritage Assessment

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Heritage Assessment
Dianna Freeman
Grand Canyon University
Family Centered Health Promotions
December 20, 2014

Heritage Assessment
“Health is influenced by culture and beliefs” (NRS-429V, 2011, p. 1). In order for the nurse to properly care for the patient, she must know and understand the patient’s culture. “Cultural care is a comprehensive model that includes the assessment of a client’s cultural needs, beliefs, and health care practices” (NRS-429V, 2011, p. 1). It is not enough to just know where the patient lives or where he came from. The nurse must embrace the concept of cultural competence and cultural awareness. This requires not only the awareness of the cultural beliefs and values of their patients, but also
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Her maternal grandmother was born in Irving, TX and her maternal grandfather was born in Southeast Oklahoma. Both paternal grandparents were born in Northeast Texas. She has two sisters who grew up in the home with her. She grew in in Houston, TX and went to public school and a public university. Aunts, uncles, cousins, and grandparents all lived in Texas and get together several times a year throughout the growing up years. Both she and her husband are protestant and attend church regularly. They practice their religion in their home by praying and reading their Bibles. Their friends are from varied backgrounds, but they say most are White, English-speaking Americans.
There are many factors that contribute to the current health status of Black Americans, but “Poverty may be the most profound and pervasive determinant of health status” (Edelman & Mandle, 2010, p. 39). Health care is expensive and can only be purchased by those who can afford to pay, so those below the poverty level are those who lack insurance. Without insurance their access to healthcare is limited, especially preventative care. No preventative care means more expensive care that comes with illness.
The incidence of cancer is higher in Black Americans, both men and women, than non-Hispanic Whites. Men are more likely to have lung, pancreatic and stomach cancer. They are more likely to die from prostate cancer. Black African American women are 36% more likely to die from breast cancer.

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