Heritage Assessment Assignment

Heritage Assessment Assignment

Heritage Assessment Assignment


The learning activity and corresponding assignment in this topic requires students to perform a heritage assessment with families selected by students from their local communities.

– Please see attachment below of “Heritage Assessment Tool.” form.

-Interview three families from different cultures. One family should be from your own culture. ( My Family is from Cuban Culture, you can use as an example for the other 2 the culture you prefer ). Compare the differences in health traditions between these cultures.


-Assess the three families using the “Heritage Assessment Tool.” In 1,000-1,500 words, discuss the usefulness of applying a heritage assessment to evaluate the needs of families and develop plans for health maintenance, health protection, and health restoration. Include the following:

  1. Perform a heritage assessment on three families. One of these families should be from your own culture.
  2. Complete the “Heritage Assessment Tool” for each of the three families interviewed and submit the three assessments .
  3. Identify common health traditions based on cultural heritage. Evaluate and discuss how the families subscribe to these traditions and practices. Address health maintenance, health protection, and health restoration as they relate to your assessment.
  4. Prepare this assignment according to the guidelines found in the APA Style Guide, located in the attachment bellow as a guide. An abstract is not required.

BO X 6–1

Heritage Assessment Tool

Note: The greater the number of positive responses, the greater the person’s identification with a traditional heritage. The one exception to positive answers is the question about family name change. This question may be answered negatively.

  1. Where was your mother born?                                                
  2. Where was your father born?                                                 
  3. Where were your grandparents born?
    • Your mother’s mother?                                                     
    • Your mother’s father?                                                      
    • Your father’s mother?                                                      
    • Your father’s father?                                                        
  1. Is your spouse the same ethnic background as you?
    • Yes (2) No          
  2. What kind of school did you go to?
    • Public (2) Private            (3) Parochial          
  3. As an adult, do you live in a neighborhood where the neighbors are the same religion and ethnic background as yourself?
    • Yes (2) No          
  4. Do you belong to a religious institution?
    • Yes (2) No          
  5. Would you describe yourself as an active member?
    • Yes (2) No          


  1. How many brothers and sisters
  2. What setting did you grow up in? Urban Suburban  
  3. What country did your parents grow up in? Father        


do you have?


  1. How often do you attend your religious institution?
    • More than once a week (2) Weekly        

(3) Monthly           (4) Special holidays only          

(5) Never         

  1. Do you practice your religion at home?
    • Yes (2) No          


  1. How old were you when you came to the United States?         
  2. How old were your parents when they came to the United States? Mother Father    
  3. When you were growing up, who lived with you?         
  4. Have you maintained contact with
    1. Aunts, uncles, cousins? (1) Yes (2) No          
    2. Brothers and sisters? (1) Yes (2) No          
    3. Parents? (1) Yes (2) No          
    4. Your own children? (1) Yes (2) No          
  5. Did most of your aunts, uncles, cousins live near your home?

(1) Yes          (2) No          

  1. Approximately how often did you visit your family members who lived outside your home?

(1) Daily           (2) Weekly            (3) Monthly            (4) Once a year or less                   (5) Never                                      

  1. Was your original family name changed?

(1) Yes          (2) No          

  1. What is your religious preference?

(1) Catholic           (2) Jewish            (3) Protestant          

(4) Denomination (5) Other           (6) None          

  1. Is your spouse the same religion as you?

(1) Yes          (2) No          

(If yes, please specify)

(3) Praying           (4) Bible reading          

(5) Diet          (6) Celebrating religious holidays           

  1. Do you prepare foods of your ethnic background?
    • Yes (2) No          
  2. Do you participate in ethnic activities?
    • Yes (2) No          

(If yes, please verify)

(3) Singing          (4) Holiday celebrations          

(5) Dancing           (6) Festivals          

(7) Costumes          (8) Other          

  1. Are your friends from the same religious background as you?
    • Yes (2) No          
  2. Are your friends from the same ethnic background as you?
    • Yes (2) No          
  3. What is your native language?         
  4. Do you speak this language?
    • Prefer (2) Occasionally             (3) Rarely          
  5. Do you read your native language?
    • Yes (2) No          


Source: Spector, R. E. (2000). CulturalCare: Guide to heritage assessment and health traditions (5th ed.). Pearson Education/PH College.