Heritage Assessment Essay

1355 Words Sep 12th, 2013 6 Pages
Heritage Assessment
Cheri Montoro
Grand Canyon University
Linda Gobin
August 06, 2013

Heritage Assessment
This paper will assess and discuss the usefulness of applying the Heritage Assessment tool to evaluate three different families each one from different cultural backgrounds consisting of Greek, Italian, and Hispanic ethnicities. This paper will also compare similarities and differences related to health maintenance, health protection and health restoration and the cultural uniqueness of each individual interviewed.
The Heritage Assessment tool is a very useful tool. It appears simplistic in its development and use. There are twenty-nine questions on the tool that provide for a very natural flow in
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Spentzos, personal communication, August 7th, 2013). Italians will not consume meat products only fish on Fridays and consider this part of their health maintenance régime. Meals are a way of maintaining ties with family and friends (A. Montoro, personal communication, August 4th, 2013).
Health protection also relies heavily on spiritual conditioning and religious practices. All three cultures rely heavily on prayer and believe that when protection from certain physical or emotional distress is needed it is critical to light candles and pray for relief from illness rather than seek medical attention. The majority of Greeks and Italians do not believe in preventative health care by the completion of annual exams and physicals. Only, when it is deemed absolutely necessary will a physician be seen or pharmaceuticals used, many times once a physician is seen clients are suffering from exacerbation of disease processes that could have been treated more effectively if care was sought out earlier and symptomatology was managed in a timely fashion. It has been hypothesized that Hispanics who were more acculturated would be more likely to seek access for care and compliance with health preventative programs (Bermuda-Parsai et al., 2012). Hispanics are not hindered by a cultural belief system that they should not see a physician; it appears that the disparity lies in lack of affordable health

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