Heritage Assessment Tool
Grand Canyon University: NRS-429V Teaching and Learning Styles
Heritage Assessment Tool
Identified over 20 years ago in the USA the use of the heritage
assessment proves to be useful in the supporting the national health along
with the cure and prevention of a number of diseases (Edelmam &
Mandle, 2010). It is reliable in helping the medical staff to talk with their
patients and families about different health prevention, cultural practices
and beliefs. The aim of this paper is to compare the American, American
Indian and Ecuadorian health maintenance, health protection, and health
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at the Ecuadorian and Native American health traditions we find that they
both believe in similar practices. Wilson writes about the Hispanic
Ecuadorian that they practice family involvement in all aspects of life,
very significant use of home remedies, and use of spiritual or religious
healers. Although Native American spiritual beliefs and practices can
take the form of elaborate ceremonies, the basis for these ceremonies is
expressed mainly in the interaction of everyday life ((Tarrell & Garrett,
2006). Both of these cultures have healers that are leaders of the
communities they live in. They practice the use of herbal and other
natural substances to heal mental and physical illness, and use spiritual
ceremonies, spells, and/or prayer (Wilson). American’s, depending on
their family’s cultural background (Irish, Dutch, Sweden and etc.) tend to
be more conservative but do use home remedies, prayer and family
When looking at health protection we have to consider that all three
cultures share a few things in common. Language barriers, education,
health care, income levels, availability of insurance and their cultural
beliefs all play big roles in the care any one of these groups can obtain.
Hispanics are one of the fastest growing groups in the US making it even
harder at times for them to receive the care they need. Protection would
come from assistance from health care programs available and the
knowledge of the individual to seek it out. Use of religious ceremonies,
prayer, fasting and other methods are ways of protection for each group.
The American society has taken a positive turn in the interest they
have in restoring their health through proper diet and exercise but we still
struggle with improper nutrition in a large population due to low income,
health programs with food assistance such as WIC, Food stamp program,
school meal programs and more. Americans eat too much fast food
because it is easier but brings large amounts of sugar and fat to their diet.
Hispanics and Native Americans come from a background of religious
beliefs in restoration of health. They will have ceremonies preformed to
heal, remove evil spirits and to bring harmony to their bodies. Their diets
tend to be high in fat and carbs. They lack exercise in their daily routine
and struggle with obesity and diabetes along with Americans.
Attitude plays a major part in the restoration of...