Cultural Influences on Health

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Cultural Influences on Health

Grand Canyon University
Family Centered Health Promotion

October 15, 2015 Cultural Influences on Health
The heritage assessment is useful and gives the health care professional a detailed picture of how cultural differences influence health. The three individuals that were interviewed place importance on the cohesiveness on their families in health and illness. The family influences from the older members in their cultures place importance on folk medicine. When a member of the family is ill, they apply their faith and pray for that person. They value their religious belief in curing an illness with modern medicine. The food preferences varied somewhat from the different cultures however, pastries were common at cultural celebrations (Heritage Assessment Tool, 2015). It is evident that is important to be culturally competent before assessing a patient. It removes biases about a culture and the health care professional is culturally sensitive to give effective quality care and education.
Polish Culture A large percentage of Poland’s population practices the Roman Catholicism religion. There is an order of priests, monks and nuns in the Roman Catholic Church. Rituals are part of the Catholic Church’s religious services. They encourage the continuation of folk culture like roadside shrines that are built and maintained by the community. There are yearly pilgrimages to these shrines such as Lankorona. On February 2 of each year, the Catholic priests bless a candle that is called grominica. The lighting of the candle is supposed to prevent sickness and misfortune. The rural communities perform religious practices during the crop-growing season for abundant crops. During the Christmas holiday, a corner of the house in left upswept due to the belief that there is leftover happiness in the corner. This culture is…...

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