How this class has affected me

Moreover I was caused to accurately define my personal and professional roles in future practice. In this essay, I give a reflection of the course in light of the manner in which it has affected me. My reflection is based on a review and reference to the information within the readings of the course. In addition, I provide the justifications for the change of my professional roles and future plans based on the knowledge that I acquired during the course. Furthermore, I will give a detailed discussion on how the cause caused me to specifically decide to work with Child Protective Services. Anne Fadiman’s The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down presents a narration of the struggles that a refugee family from Hmong culture in Laos. The book specifically describes how two different cultures collide. The scenario that is presented by the writer is within California’s health care system. In the book, the writer reveals the interaction between a Hmong child with her Doctors in America and demonstrates the social cultural problems and struggles in the provision of health care. Lia Lee is a favorite child and youngest of the Hmong family. The doctors find out that Lia is having a severe form of epilepsy. The author describes how cultural differences between the family and the American doctors acts to obstruct Lia’s treatment. … This means that healthcare providers require understanding the culture of their patients and ensuring that it does not obstruct their moral and ethical roles of patient centered care. Barbara Myerhoff’s Number of Our Days presents the work of a renowned anthropologist. Myerhoff was given a grant to investigate or study the process of human aging. As a result Myerhoff chose to base her study on elderly Jewish community from Venice in California. It is notable that the author and anthropologist decided that he would study and report on the indigenous community rather than on an exotic society. When reading Myerhoff’s story, I was changed by the ways in which she presents the lives and rituals of these Jewish and unique old people. More significant is the cultural value which enabled the old people to face and go through numerous problems and challenges of living. Among the problems that the author demonstrates that these old people had to face include poverty, loneliness, neglect, physical danger, poor and inadequate housing and poor health. Myerhoff’s story inspired me to play a role in helping people to overcome the problems that they face in their social environments and during care. The author depicts the agonies of aging in a manner which makes a reader to sympathize and have a desire to do something in alleviating human suffering. Through this book I appreciated the human spirit as indomitable. Moreover I was appreciative of the importance of cultural rituals in living and overcoming problems as presented by the author in wise yet funny approach. The above brief description of the two most influential readings on my life is a background to the illustration of how the anthropology cause affected me. At this point I need to

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