Cultural Diversity

  1. Hello all! I am a nursing student, going to graduate in Dec. I have to do a presentation over Native American Culture. There are a few things that are needed in my presentation. The main one I am having trouble with is how the culture relates to healthcare. I have looked on-line, spent time in the library. Does anyone have any ideas of where I can start in regards to finding information on this? I would greatly appreciate any feed back!
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  3. by   Annisme

    I also had to do a presentation on Native Americans and healthcare. What I looked for were those cultural norms for Native Americans that are different than for other ethnic groups (eye contact, time perception, etc.) Another consideration was the alternative medicines used...herbs & plants, sweat lodges... and the use of a Shaman or Medicine Man or Woman. Different tribes have different norms and even within the same tribe you will find differences. Find one group to focus on to keep from being overwhelmed. We chose a local tribe and found lots of info. You can also contact a local tribal office to ask for information.
    Hope this helps!

  4. by   Busybee01
    Hi Ann! Thank you...I will contact the local tribe office to see if they have any information!

  5. by   AWanderingMinstral
    Busybee01, the book CULTURAL DIVERSITY IN HEALTH AND ILLNESS (Rachel E. Spector) has an entire chapter on health and illness in the American Indian and Alaska Native population. We used this book in school.

    10 Leading Causes of Death for American Indian or Alaska Natives, 1999:
    1. Diseases of heart
    2. Malignant neoplasms
    3. Unintentional injuries
    4. Diabetes mellitus
    5. Cerebrovascular diseases
    6. Chronic liver disease and cirrhosis
    7. Chronic lower respiratory diseases
    8. Influenza and pneumonia
    9. Suicide
    10. Homicide

  6. by   mom and nurse
    Hi - Maybe also try posting in the Native American Forum of

    I think this is the link: