Cultural competency is vital when working with diverse populations in health care because of all of the different cultures and ethnicities prevalent in our country. America is a true melting pot, and the acculturation which inevitably occurs, is an important aspect of assimilation. Since communication is a key objective in the prognosis of various ailments, the healthcare experience is reliant on today's health professionals to have an adept understanding of a multicultural environment. A regulatory dilemma which is common in today's culture, is the alienation of groups that are not understood by our healthcare system. These patients often resort to self care , which often leads to serious complications and other health issues as a result
After the purchase of the Louisiana territory from the french, Thomas Jefferson has sent Meriwether Lewis and William Clark to explore this new land, in hopes of locating useful resources, mapping territory and setting out a trade route toward the pacific ocean. So then set the long, treacherous trail Lewis and Clark has embarked on, encountering foreign environment and Native Americans. Who they eventually have started to disrespect them, by their act of violence, and motivation of cultural cleansing, therefore causing an act against different tribes.
family is a “close-knit group and the most important social group to gather in any events or special days” (Mendez). It is at the centre of the social structure. The Mexican “family unit” includes not only parents and children, but also extended families and grandparents. As it provides a sense of stability in relationships. Children are taught at a young age that one must give the most “respeto” (respect) and honor to family members such as parents, aunts, uncles, and especially grandparents (elders). This is why most Mexicans consider it their responsibility and duty to help family members. For example, they will help one another with financial problems, health, and any other life issue. Another important aspect of Mexican families is the roles of family members at home. In most Mexican households it is traditional that the male figure such as the father is the head of the household. The father tends to dictate big family issues and decisions. While the mother take care
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention define the term, “Latino” or, “Hispanic” as “a person of Cuban, Mexican, Puerto Rican, South or Central American, or other Spanish culture or origin” (Arias, 2010). In the United States, Latinos have comprised 16 percent of the population, making them the largest minority. Some sources project that this proportion will increase to 30 percent by 2050 (Juckett, 2013). With such a presence of Hispanic people, it is very likely that nurses will have the opportunity to provide culturally competent care to these individuals. As such, it is important to know how the Latino culture generally regards health, illness, disease, and death.
Since I was born in Mayaguez, Puerto Rico I have learned that I do not share a lot of my characteristics with others here in the United States. A place like Puerto Rico can change the way you see the environment, culture, and the way it reflects on you as a person. Puerto Rico has changed me in many positive ways such as: the appreciation of the environment, my language, environmental issues, and the culture of my people.
Word of advice, never in your life mess up a Latinos race. For the Hispanic culture it's a huge offense, almost a crime when you call someone the wrong race. When most people glance at me, there first guess of my ethnicity is Mexican and there not wrong, but I'm also Puerto Rican. I have what is called the best of both worlds. By far the greatest combination of all time in my opinion. The family is huge, food is amazing, morals are advised, and as family we are culturally different.
The medical field in relation to varied cultural beliefs and traditions is something that is important to many, yet rarely talked about by almost all individuals. In other words, the cultural clashes created in medicalization is under looked by a multitude individuals. This is because many do not experience the hardships first hand. For that reason, the thought of difficulties within treatments of health issues or illnesses does not cross some individual’s minds. Nonetheless, each group of people is unique, in addition to, how they perceive the medical world. With this uniqueness comes many groups of people who struggle to understand other culture’s beliefs and their knowledge on health and illness. The lack of knowledge an individual has pertaining
As an American from the Midwest, the image that comes to mind of life on a Caribbean island is of paradise and tranquility. It’s a place to escape and not have to deal with long winter months of snow and freezing temperatures. A place one could enjoy beautiful beaches, tropical trees and foliage year round. Everyone has their own perspective of things whether they’ve experienced it first hand or formed an opinion based on things they’ve formed based on resources or second hand information. In Judith Ortiz Cofer’s poem, “On the Island I Have Seen” she provides a glimpse of what life in Puerto Rico is like from a unique perspective. She was born in Puerto Rico, but growing up she moved back and forth between Puerto Rico and America. In an interview she shared: “But I think culture is very complex. You could say that I’m Puerto Rican by birth. I certainly enjoy and appreciate my heritage, and have used a lot of my culture for my art and incorporated it into my life” (Kevane and Herdia, 753). The experience allowed her to see life in Puerto Rico from through a different lens. The use of imagery contributes to the theme of the poem which illustrates the struggles of life on the hot Caribbean island.
t's important to remember that amongst the Hispanic population there's still diversity amongst this culture whether it is social, economic, and geographic backgrounds making them all very different depending on their family heritage and national origin (). However, there some cultural similarities that tend to bring these diverse backgrounds together. As you mentioned the Hispanic culture places a strong value on family. Large, close-knit families are common; it is not unusual for three generations to live in the same household. Likewise, Hispanics tend to have a collectivistic culture where group “activities are dominant, responsibility is shared, and accountability is collectivity, harmony and cooperation among the group tends to be emphasized
The Puerto Ricans and Mexicans are known for their immigration groups. They move out of their hometown for a purpose. One purpose is to restart their lives and find a job. Mostly both of them move to the United States of America. The United States is the homeland for immigrants, mainly because it is one of the greatest places to live in, because there’s more opportunities for jobs. Puerto Ricans and Mexicans are very much alike in why they came to the United States. Both the Puerto Ricans and Mexicans differ on how they got treated when they arrived in America. They also have a big difference in their cultures.
Puerto Rico becoming a state would attract several positive outcomes for Puerto Ricans’ lifestyle and future. Puerto Rico is a territory and commonwealth of the United States, making them American citizens. Although, Puerto Ricans fear that becoming a state would mean they would have to lose their culture and become the poorest state as well. Puerto Rico’s corrupt government and debt crisis have caused the island’s citizens to have a negative outlook on their future and move away to the States in hope for a better lifestyle. Due to Puerto Rico being a territory of the United States, their corrupt government and debt may affect the U.S. as well. Puerto Rico should be a state because it would prevent the corruption in the island’s government,
To learn about a different culture, I interviewed my longtime best friend Gabby. Gabby is Latina and has lived in the United States for most of her life. Although she has not lived in Mexico or been there very often, she still knows and practices a lot about her culture at home. One of the first things she told me about was food. In Latin or Spanish culture, food is a huge deal. Beans, rice, tomatoes, empanadas, corn tortillas, tamales, and spicy foods are traditional. Drinks such as beer, tequila and various sodas are also common. Another type of Latin food is called pan dulce which is sweet, fluffy, crusty bread. Pan Ducle is often covered in sugar or frosting which is called concha. Another tasty treat of the culture is the candy such as
This essay will address how gender roles are discussed in Philippe Bourgois ethnographic book, ‘In Search of Respect: Selling Crack in El Barrio’. This will be pursued by exploring one of the key characters in this text. This essay will primarily centre on the role of women based of the stories of Candy. The other main characters in this text are of male gender. Primo, who runs the crack house for his boss Ray and Caesar who works in the underground economy for his friend Primo. Bourgois’ study takes place in El Barrio where underemployment, social marginalisation, drugs, violence and misogyny are prevalent. Patriarchy is in crisis as gender roles are in reverse. Both male and females are trying to maintain power and respect.