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Multicultural Asssessment Essay

1252 words - 6 pages

Multicultural Assessment
Norma Garcia
Grand Canyon University
Family Centered Health Promotion
NRS-429V
Serina Madden
February 25, 2015

Multicultural Assessment
The author of this paper is a student at Grand Canyon University who is currently taking Family Centered Health Promotion. The topic discussed in class this week was, Culture and Cultural Competency in Health Promotion. The corresponding assignment to this course was to perform a heritage assessment; three families of the community were interviewed. The Heritage Assessment tool consist of 29 questions about families background, religious and ethnicity practices and current living status.
The Interviews where performed ...view middle of the document...

Her parents and she were born in the Philippines. As a child she lived with her parents, seven siblings, one uncle and grandmother. She was raised as a Catholic and converted to Christianity at the age of 14. Jackies native language is Tagalog and she speaks it occasionally; she currently lives in a multicultural neighborhood (J. Marasigan, personal communication, February 24, 2015).
As identified by the families interviewed V. Navarro identifies herself as Hispanic, J. Marasigan identifies herself as Asian and S. Redmond identifies herself as White. In this paper the author will compare the differences in health traditions between Asians, Hispanics and Whites. The authors will deliberate the efficiency of applying a heritage assessment to determine the needs of individuals and develop plans for health maintenance, health protection, and health restoration. The author will identify common health traditions and will discourse how individuals contribute to their traditions and practices
The Heritage Assessment tool can be beneficial for the health providers and can aid them
in developing plans for their patients’ health maintenance, health protection and health
restoration. Outlined by an article provided by American Association of Collage of Nursing
(AACN) individuals might use traditional cultural foods or clothing to maintain physical health,
this will aid the provider in achieving health maintenance for their patients. The questions from
heritage assessment tool about family can aid the healthcare team in assessing how much family
support the individual has. As outline by AACN emotional and social support received by our
family member and the community can give protection to our metal health. Religious rituals may
be performed, believing they will assist in restoring health ("AACN," 2008, p. 9). Therefore the
questions about religion and religion practices from the assessment tool can guide providers in
restoring health for the patients.
Upon researching the multicultural beliefs author found some similarities in health
traditions between Asians and Hispanics. According to the Institute for Safe medication
practice Hispanics, Asians and Whites expect a quick relief from the medication of their
symptoms. While both Hispanic and Asians will decrease the dose recommended preventing side
effects of the medication, most white Americans expect to leave the doctor’s office with a
prescription, and often believe that the management of microbes is more important than
bolstering resistance to them ("Medication Safety," 2003, para. 2). Another similarity between
Hispanics and Asians is their language barrier. Asian-Americans face some of the same
limitations to good health as other minority groups. Language barriers can interfere with
receiving quality health care ("Minority-Asians," 2012, para. 2). Cultural and language barriers
can keep Latinos from explaining symptoms they are having or understanding...

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