Health Promotion Among Diverse Populations

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Health Promotion among Diverse Populations
Eric Valdez
Rasmussen University

Health Promotion among Diverse Populations
As this paper has been researched and written, this nurse has realized that our Hispanic Americans have a profound sense in their culture still imbedded within them to this day. Hispanic socioeconomic status, education background, culture and beliefs impact their health in such tremendous ways that it is difficult to believe that the healthcare system in America didn’t start enforcing patient learning strategies and patient education sooner.
According to the 2012 U.S. Census bureau report, the average Hispanic median household income was $40,417 in comparison to $56,565 for non-Hispanic Whites for full-time employment. In 2012, the U.S. Census bureau reported that 25.4 percent of Hispanics in comparison to 11 percent of non-Hispanic Whites were living in poverty ("HHS," 2015, para. 4). With this being mentioned, Hispanics maintain their health by utilizing their cultural upbringing rather than entertaining the thought of utilizing modern medicine due to the high cost of health care and insurance. This poses the largest of dilemmas. Shorter life spans while living in the states is on the up rise for the Hispanic population as they are acclimating to America’s rushed lifestyle and poor diets. (This is occurring more so for the Hispanic Americans than Hispanics born to their native countries, but this is increasing). The challenge now is for the healthcare professionals to educate Hispanics (individually and families) and Hispanic communities about modern day medicine in a way that they will not only trust us, but understand and incorporate what they learn into their culture so it will be acceptable.
The first step is to understand health promotion ourselves in order to evaluate our Hispanic patients of how they would define health promotion.…...

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