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Office of Minority Health and National CLAS Standards:

Office of Minority Health deals with the health of a diverse population. It promotes and does researches which are necessary for solving health problems of the diverse population. The department is dedicated to improving the health and hygiene of ethnic and racial minorities by developing health policies and programs. The main objective of the department is to promote policies, create funds for the regional, state and local levels. The department collects data to build reports of various ethnic and racial minority populations and share it with other departments. Creating strong connections and bonds between various fields of minority issues is the prime focus of the department. It is a nationwide phenomenon to sustain the health disparities of the diverse population. (minorityhealth.hhs.gov).

National CLAS Standard:

Health is the prime concern of every population. In the United States, there are various ethnic and religious populations which are neglected and do not get proper health benefits. Social environment, age, work life, historical background, socioeconomic status, and many other reasons are responsible for this health disparity.  Health inequities result in disparities that affect an individual. But, it is not limited to an individual. It affects the whole community and society. It is a public health concern. The function the National CLAS Standard is to formulate better ways to improve quality and eliminate the health problems among the minorities. (hdassoc.org).

             Effective communication to improve health diversity.

             Governance, Leadership and Workforce equity.

             Language and Communication Assistance.

             Continuous improvement and engagement with the minority population.


Discuss ethnic/cultural background:

I am a Nigerian from eastern Nigeria. The culture is enriched with various ethnic groups and their ideologies. Our ethnic groups are categorized as minorities and can be found throughout the world. It is a multiethnic culture. There are 527 languages in Nigeria. Among the seven of them are extinct. An individual from Nigeria can speak at least two languages. To understand Nigerian culture as a whole, one has to understand the languages as languages are the bases of the ethnic cultures. (legit.ng).

The Igbo ethnic group and culture is mostly influenced by Christianity. The traditional religion of Igbo's is Odinani. Igbo culture is enriched with melody. Igbo music, in the form of jazz mixed with other Igbo tunes, has been spread all over the world. The music is an integral part of the culture. ( legit.ng).

Nigerian foods are mainly traditional carbohydrates. They are spicy sometimes, but they have medical qualities as the spices used in the cooking processes have many medical benefits. Traditional Nigerian recipes hold the secret of many medical remedies. For Nigerians, health is the primary issue. The communities suffer from several epidemics. The traditional ethnic cultures of Nigeria speak of rituals that are important parts of the traditional medical processes. Our religious philosophy guides us by showing us the way to maintain the balance between body and mind. In a scientific context, it is the balance between brain activities and physical-chemical reactions. ( legit.ng

CLAS Standard:

The promotion of culturally and linguistically diverse is needed. Every culture is sensitive in some places. Only by understanding those places a good health policy can be formulated. The health of a specific community depends on cultural values. To bridge the gap of disparity, policies must be made cultural oriented. The focus must be on each and individual cultures. (hdassoc.org).

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