Considerations of Culture in the Health of the Public

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The purpose of this chapter is to provide a culturally based framework for public health nursing interventions. Although community health nurses certain provide care to individuals and families, public health nursing is generally aggregate service, and there is heavy reliance on prevention strategies directed towards populations. The chapter provides a cultural context for health care that maximizes respect for cultural diversity while accompling the objectives of best practices. In the first part of this chapter, basic concepts of culture area defined and related to important aspects of public health. In the second part of the chapter model programs are presented that are examples of providing culturally competent care to populations.

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