Family Health Cultural Assessment

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Family Health Cultural Assessment

Culture is defined as the totality of socially transmitted behavioral patterns, arts, beliefs values costumes, life ways and all other products of human work and thought and characteristic of a population of people that guide their worldview and decision making (Purell & Paulanka, 2003). To better understand ones culture, an ethnographic interviews was were conducted from with an individual from Haiti. The obtained interview ( it should have been more than one interview) was analyzed and compared to documented literature of Haitian culture. Areas covered in the interview were family background, diet, religious belief and practices, family life processes and language and communication patterns. Healing belief is also explored. Healthcare and healthcare delivery in Haitian culture and mainstream America is also compared.(put together so it does not sound so awkward) Although tradition and culture directs behavioral pattern of a population of people, in some aspect an individual belonging to the same culture is different in their belief in health care and health care delivery.

Therefore, to be able to provide competent and quality care, differences in underlying values of the Haitian culture and each individual should be considered in delivering health care.

Located on the island of Hispaniola between Cuba and Puerto Rico in the Caribbean, Haiti, shares the island with the Dominican Republic. With the population of over 800,000, Port-au-Prince is the capital and the largest city in Haiti (Colin & Paperwella, 2003). With the arrival of Europeans, and then Africans, the people of Haiti became more diverse. Today, Haitians range from light- to dark-skinned and social identity is shaped by sharp class stratification and color consciousness. Originally from Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Edith Dessources is an immigrant. She is in her early...