Discussion on Culture and Policy Development
Discussionon Culture and Policy Development
Discussionon Culture and Policy Development
Culture involves ideologies, beliefs, opinions and languages thathave an attached meaning. Policies are developed to improve meaningto these cultural aspects. They offer suggestions for culturaldevelopment. Besides, cultural policies help to develop culturalheritage and help individuals to develop knowledge of arts that willsupport the development of our cultures. The paper will discusscultural and policy development.
Importanceof Culturally Appropriate Health Policies
Increased diversity in the communities challenges policymakers andhealth care personnel to offer culturallycompetent services. The services should meet the social and culturalneeds of the patient. Health care services and systems that embracecultural diversity provide an improved health outcome (Betancourt,Green, Carrillo and Owusu, 2016). Besides, embracingculture diversity in health care facilities reduces ethnic and racialdiscrimination through minimizing language and administrativebarriers in patient care.
In addition, people with low literacy especially the old can developproblems in interpreting medical information. The group of peoplemight develop negative attitude or treatment dissatisfaction if theyare not handled properly. Hence, health facilities should recognizecultural diversity and need to provide quality services to allpeople. The facilities should use interpreters who will guide thispatient and ensure they are satisfied with the form of treatment.
DevelopingPolicy and Getting Community Support
When developing a community policy, someone should consider thecommunity values and standards. The policy should appreciate thedoctrines of the community cultures and respect them. The policyshould expect the idea having support or opposition. However, to havemore support, the policy should be easy to interact with withoutlimiting cultural norms and ideologies (Nelson,Slavit, Perkins, and Hathorn, 2014).
In addition, when making the policy, a lot of thought should be usedin the type of language used. The policy makers have to consider howcivilized is the community in accepting the freedom of expression.Comments that would deter the community support should be avoided.The comments should have a supportive approach. The approach willmake a trusting community and embrace the idea of the implementedpolicies.
Engagingthe Community to be Part of Voice in Policy Developing
Engaging community to be part of the voice in policy making, thereshould be a ground level information about the community. Members ofcommunity view issues in different perspective. Their ideas stronglycount in making a strong community policy. The policy maker shouldmobilize the different ideologies. In addition, engagement of peoplein policymaking creates the sense of ownership, which reducesopposition (Taylor,2016). They also provide ground information that isvital in reinforcing the policies.
The policy maker should value the member`s ideas and implement them.Notably, building a positive relationship with community membersmotivate them to share their opinions. They provide a pool ofopinions, which are consolidated to make policy.
Another method to involve people in policy-making is by addressingthe community problems and seeks members` opinions. The problem willtrigger the community to share with the policy maker point of view.The maker will also be able to understand people`s feelings andattitudes towards the issue at hand. Involving them would be anoutlet where they will have a chance of giving their concerns.Similarly, allowing people to give their stories while listening,helps them to relax and become the sole source and part of the idea.
Utilizingthe Learning Resources
In maximizing use of learning resources, a different approach can beused. First, identify the resources. Ensure the necessary learningmaterials are available. Some materials work in collaboration witheach other. An example is a book and a pen or a chalkboard and chalk.The resources should be in their right arrangement and at their rightplace.
Secondly, design a plan of using the resources. In learning practice,there are resources like teachers, classmates, books and researchnetworks. Each should be utilized in an organized way. A learnershould develop a strategy of operating with all the availableresources without overlooking any of them. Thirdly, make theresources available. Sometimes cost is incurred in purchasingnecessary resources. Settle enough money that will facilitate buyingof all the required learning materials. In case there is insufficientfund, seek for financial aid.
In addition, learners should cooperate with teachers and peers todevelop their knowledge and make the best use of learning facilities.Teachers help in explaining ambiguous sections and assist learners tounderstand the key concepts. Similarly, use regular tests to gaugeyour performance and evaluate the value achieved from the resources.Finally, time is a resource. Avoid time wastage and account for everymoment spent in learning activities. Time is wasted in idling andengaging in activities that do not add value to the learner. Timewastage makes learners fail to achieve their goals and objectives.However, there should be regular breaks in between sessions. Breaksessions refresh the learner’s mind and minimize confusion.
In conclusion, a culture is a core unit in our societies. Nurturingof our culture not only useful in our life today but also creates adoctrine for future generations. Cultural policies are important inmaintaining our culture and developing it. However, when developingcultural policies, the society should be actively involved. Inaddition, use of appropriate cultural health policies improves healthservices. It creates a healthy relationship between patients andhealth workers.
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