I want to introduce you to the concept of
culture. We all recognize that each country
has its own unique culture, but let's start
by looking at some of the major characteristics
of culture. We'll begin with what I consider
to be the three most important characteristics,
in order of importance. First, only human
beings have culture.
group of gorillas or monkeys would not be
considered to have their own culture. It
is something unique to humans. Secondly,
culture exists in the minds of individuals.
In other words, it is learned behavior.
It is the things that we - that is a group
of people - consider normal. For example,
the clothes that I'm wearing now are a product
of my culture and what I think is normal.
culture is unique to humans, and it exists
in the mind. Third, cultures are different.
No two cultures are the same. For example,
England and Pakistan would be two very different
cultures. People from England and Pakistan
have different ideas and different behaviors
even in simple things like how women dress.
A health gap refers to how members of
one group do not receive the same quality
of treatment as another group. For example,
a white person in the US may receive very
good health care while a black person
may receive poor health care. There are
different reasons why health gaps exist.
One reason is socioeconomic.
is, a person's social and economic level
may not allow him or her good access to
health care. A doctor's care or services
simply might be too expensive. That probably
doesn't surprise anyone. But there are also
barriers to simply enter the health care
of different racial groups may actually
face discrimination at a clinic or hospital.
Finally, the quality of service can differ.
Minorities may not receive the same quality
of service as white people, even from the