Health Maintenance and Promotion
Health Care Services
I was able to interview a medical staff about the health care services and the ability of the immigrants to access to health care in the United States. The progress of health care services has been able to eliminate the major barriers affecting the immigrant’s access to health care. It was clear that there were effective health promotion activities which enhanced the equitable access to the health care programs for the migrants and other populations. They also helped in strengthening the migrant health systems develops community-based health care systems. Nevertheless, the access to health cares among the immigrants was limited by various barriers including economic differences cultural and language challenges (Chang, Simon & Dong, 2012). The understanding of the various cultural differences of the immigrants is critical to offering quality health care services. Therefore, I determined it is critical to have comprehensive health maintenance and promotion strategies among the immigrants.
The health care administrators relied on the translated materials and items to offer health care services to the immigrants. The medical interpreters and translators were trained to deal with the issue of language barrier. It was appropriate in improving the access to effective language due to the ease of translating the documents (Renzaho, Romios, Crock, & Sønderlund, 2013). The interviewer also confirms that the use of non-English documents formed part of the translated materials which were essential in the translation of the documents. Working with bilingual individuals were critical in the translation and development of the translated materials and papers.
Access to Interpreters
The access to interpreters was easy as the community health centers had served the minorities community for long and thus, they have developed linguistic capabilities. The health centers have bilingual clinicians who can match with the background of the various clients. In a cultural context, the trained staffs had the ability to interpret the health needs of the various individuals. The national project had the appropriate training program for the interpreters as well as supporting the health care certification process (Hendson, Reis & Nicholas, 2015). Therefore, the access to interpreters was easy indicating the ability of the minority groups to access health care.
Access to Health Care
From the interview, it was clear that the access to health care was different from the various race and ethnicity in the society. The immigrants did not have access to a regular doctor, and thus, it made it difficult for them to access preventive services, treatment, and control of chronic conditions. Nursing healthcare administration. Another aspect of improving access to health care was the health insurance coverage (Paniagua & Yamada, 2013). A large percentage of the minorities compared to the whites did not have their normal source of health care due to the lack of health insurance. The interview information reveals that an average of more than 10 percent of all immigrants from ethnic monitories did not have health insurance coverage including the Latinos, African Americans, and the Asians.
Cultural Competency Training for Clinical and Administrative Staff
The health professionals are trained how to offer service in a more culturally acceptable approach. The cultural competence training is done through stages by creating expanding on the existing experience. The types of training offered to the medical staffs to improve cultural competence include the cross-cultural and the skilled based training models. The training methods were appropriate in increasing the knowledge of the medical staffs about the various groups in the society. In most occasions, the training was done in hourly seminars and monthly academic programs. The interpreters were highly qualified with significant training in medical aspects (Pérez & Luquis, 2013). The interviewee also identified that the standards obtained from the professional organizations were critical in improving cultural competence. The strategic efforts towards expanding cultural competence would assist the health care professional in improving the access to quality health care.
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Hendson, L., Reis, M. D., & Nicholas, D. B. (2015). Health care providers’ perspectives of providing culturally competent care in the NICU. Journal of Obstetric, Gynecologic, & Neonatal Nursing, 44(1), 17-27.
Paniagua, F. A., & Yamada, A. M. (Eds.). (2013). Handbook of multicultural mental health: Assessment and treatment of diverse populations. Cambridge, MA: Academic Press.
Pérez, M. A., & Luquis, R. R. (2013). Cultural competence in health education and health promotion. New York, NY: John Wiley & Sons.
Renzaho, A. M. N., Romios, P., Crock, C., & Sønderlund, A. L. (2013). The effectiveness of cultural competence programs in ethnic minority patient-centered health care—a systematic review of the literature. International Journal for Quality in Health Care, 25(3), 261-269.