Essay on Heritage Assessment

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Heritage Assessment: Comparing Cultural Health Traditions
Monica V. Poehner
Grand Canyon University: Family Centered Health Promotion
November 16, 2013

Heritage Assessment: Comparing Cultural Health Traditions Culture and heritage are the properties that make up a way of life for a specific population. As referenced by South African History Online (n.d.), “Culture should be regarded as the set of distinctive spiritual, material, intellectual and emotional features of society or a social group, and that it encompasses, in addition to art and literature, lifestyles, ways of living together, value systems, traditions and beliefs.” Heritage is formed from the practices and traditions that are learned from generations
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R.’s family is familiar and comfortable with the traditional and modern medical techniques. He also firmly believes in getting plenty of rest and fluids when restoring the body from illness (R. R. personal communication, November 13, 2013). The health traditions practiced by R. R. and his family resemble that of traditional American culture with slight differences. His Canadian culture shines through with the ease and willingness to refer to doctors as needed. It seems logical due to Canada providing free healthcare to its residents. S. M. comes from a Hispanic heritage and her interview is synonymous with traditional Latin culture. Although she does not practice as many health traditions on her own, S. M. recalls a few growing up with her parents. She maintains health by trying to eat healthy, attending annual pap smears and other necessary check-ups. She abstains from drug use, monitors alcohol intake, and avoids cigarette smoke (S. M. personal communication, November 13, 2013). S. M. protects her health by keeping prayer candles around her house. “I’m not super religious and neither were my parents but since my grandparents have passed, I keep them to remind me that they are watching over me and my wellbeing. I light them sometimes when I’m thinking of them” (S. M. personal communication, November 13, 2013). Candles with religious saints on them are typically lit in Catholic and Hispanic culture for praying and to prevent disease

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