Health Promotion Essay

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Health Promotion Among Asian Americans Robert Ramirez
Grand Canyon University: NRS-429V Family-Centered Health Promotion
February 22, 2015

Health Promotion Among Asian Americans The U.S. Public Health Service defines health promotion as “the process of advocating health in order to enhance the probability that personal, private, and public support of positive health practices will become a societal norm” (Edelman, Mandle, & Kudzma, 2014). Health is a basic human right; optimal health is a well-balanced structure of emotional, physical, spiritual, psychological, intellectual, and social well-being. The purpose of health promotion in nursing is to increase health knowledge that will in turn positively influence health behaviors of
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For instance, research shows that Vietnamese women suffer from cervical cancer at a rate nearly 5 times more than White women; Cambodians have a stroke rate that is 4 times greater than Whites; Native Hawaiians are 5 times more likely to develop diabetes mellitus between the ages of 19 and 35 than non-Hawaiians (Samad, 2012).
Per the CDC (2014), the 3 leading causes of death in Asians are cancer, heart disease, and stroke. The top 3 causes of death on a national level are heart disease, cancer, and chronic respiratory diseases (CDC, 2014). In 2012, the average life expectancy at birth in the U.S. was 78.8 years. At 85.8 years, Asian Americans experience the longest life expectancy compared to all other ethnic groups (CDC, 2014).
In comparison to the total U.S. population, it is less likely for Asian Americans to live in poverty. Research also supports that Asians are more likely than the U.S. population to possess degrees or be college graduates, and they are more likely to be working in the fields of management, science, business, and arts occupation (Samad, 2012).
Barriers to Health Within any specific culture, there are factors that correlate with poor health. These include low education attainment, poverty, limited English proficiency, and other socioeconomic indicators (Samad, 2012). Acknowledgment of these barriers provides an opportunity to address them so that disparities can

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