Heritage Assessment and Healthcare Essay

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Running head: HERITAGE AND HEALTHCARE Heritage Assessment and Healthcare H. Rachelle Thompson Grand Canyon University: NRS-429V Family-Centered Health Promotion August 19, 2012 Heritage Assessment and Healthcare America is a melting pot of different cultures, and with the cultural diversity there comes differences in healthcare traditions and decisions (Racher & Annis, 2007). Whether it’s a religious approach to healthcare or a cultural tradition, everyone has a different approach to his or her health. The purpose of this paper is to discuss the author’s heritage and healthcare traditions, differences in other cultures and their healthcare traditions and the effect that their heritage can have on healthcare, and the…show more content…
The Hispanic family was not born in America and so their view of healthcare differs from that of those born and raised in America. They do not place as much emphasis on health maintenance as other cultures might. They also do not believe as much in the need to exercise or watch their diet, as most believe that someone skinny looks unhealthy. Health Protection How one goes about protecting their health against illness also varies between cultures. The Anglo-Saxon family stated that they place great significance on vaccinations and getting the appropriate nutrients through supplements and diet in order to protect themselves from getting disease or illness. While the Anglo-Saxon family actively seeks out health protection, the Asian Indian family did not state any specific beliefs about health protection, they did state that they were not immunized as children, but that they are now integrating that practice into the healthcare of their children. They did state that growing up their family frequently used herbal remedies to keep from getting ill or to recover from illness and they will often seek the advice of their family. The Hispanic family bore quite a resemblance to the Asian Indian family with respect to their health protection methods. They also did not place a high priority on

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