Health Promotion among Diverse Populations
Lisa A. Jennings
Grand Canyon University: NRS-429V
January 25, 2015
Hispanics are the largest and fastest growing ethnic minority group and there are estimated to be about 54 million living in the United States (Office of Minority Health & Health Equity, YEAR). The Hispanics are a minority group that struggle every day to survive, to provide for their families, to stay healthy and to live quality lives. This paper will discuss the Hispanics current health status, how health promotion is defined by the Hispanics and what health disparities exist for the Hispanics. Lastly, this paper will discuss the three levels of health prevention and their effectiveness given the unique …show more content…
Fear involves three areas which are: expenses, language barriers, and discrimination and immigration status; and cultural disconnect (Journal of Health Disparities Research and Practice, 2013). They face the fear of having to choose between paying for a doctor or providing for food, rent, electricity and other familial expenses or they wait until they are really ill to seek help. Fear also involves language barriers and discrimination, they are ridiculed and made to feel that they don’t matter and when they do go to a doctor they are afraid of being reported for being an immigrant. Thirdly, cultural disconnect is described as many of the Hispanic population use home remedies or medicinal herbs to treat or cure some of their diseases and because of this they are afraid to tell their medical provider for fear of shame and ridicule. Fear is a way of life for the Hispanics.
This leads this writer to ask; how would one approach these disparities using the three levels of health promotion prevention that would be the most effective, given the unique needs of the Hispanic population?
Three Levels of Health Promotion Prevention
The three levels of health promotion prevention are primary, secondary, and tertiary. Primary prevention is a goal to help protect healthy people from developing a disease. Some ways to do this would be to educate the Hispanics about good health hygiene, exercising regularly and avoiding alcohol, tobacco products, and drugs. They need