Three Families a Heritage Assessment
Introduction This tool allows you to evaluate the cultural heritage and beliefs of those from various cultures. It helps to identify cultural and traditional beliefs, values, and practices that may influence an individual’s perception of health and their health-seeking behaviors. Three families with diverse cultures were included in this heritage assessment. An African American, Hispanic, and Indian family were all included in the assessment. This assessment is designed to help families identify and share common cultural health practices and traditions, discuss their beliefs and practice, and then address the issues of health preservation, protection and restoration.
Three families were assessed using the heritage assessment tool. This included an African American family and a Hispanic or Indian family. These are the family heritage assessment results.
Family 1: African American Family
Culture-Based Health Traditions The African American Family identified these health traditions as a result of their cultural heritage.
- Treatment of ailments or illnesses with traditional herbs and medicines.
- Preference for natural remedies such as tea and gargling saltwater with water for sore throat relief.
- Belief in the power and healing potential of prayer and spirituality.
- Preference for homemade meals with a focus on fiber-rich foods like sweet potatoes and greens.
Evaluation of the Family’s Subscription to Health Traditions and Practices The African American family strongly adheres to their traditional health practices. Before seeking treatment for minor ailments, they often resort to traditional remedies and herbs at home. Their preference is to make their own food and stay away from processed foods. They believe in prayer’s power to heal diseases.
Healthy Maintenance, Health Protection and Health Restoration. They practice good health maintenance practices, which include regular exercise and eating a healthy, balanced diet. Good hygiene is also a priority. They wash their hands frequently and keep their environment clean. The family has regular health checkups and is currently vaccinated. The family’s belief in prayer and spirituality helps with health restoration, and they often pray for healing when one of them falls ill.
Hispanic Family 2
Hispanic Familie Identifies Health Traditions Based upon Cultural Heritage
- Traditional medicines such as homeopathy or herbal remedies are preferred.
- It is a strong belief that family and community support are essential in healing and promoting good health.
- To treat minor diseases, a preference for natural remedies such as soups and teas.
- The belief that touch therapy can promote healing, like acupuncture and massage.
Evaluation of the Family’s Subscription to Health Traditions and Practices The Hispanic family strongly adheres to their traditional health practices. The family prefers to use traditional remedies before seeking out medical care for minor conditions. The importance of community and family support is also important to them in order to heal and promote good health. To promote healing, the family uses touch therapy such as acupuncture and massage.
Good health maintenance, protection, and restoration. The whole family is committed to good health habits. Regular exercise and healthy eating are important. Good hygiene is also a priority. They wash their hands frequently and keep their environment clean. They are all vaccinated, and they have regular visits with their doctor to ensure that their health is protected. The family’s belief in natural remedies and touch therapy helps with health restoration, and they often use these methods to treat illnesses and promote healing.
Family 3: Indian Family
These Health Traditions are Based on Cultural Heritage: The Indian Family identified these health traditions as a result of their cultural heritage.