Cultural Identity celebrates community residents’ shared culture, history, and traditions. Cultural reflections are positive and provide opportunities for expression and participation through art, including everything from murals to dance and other meaningful celebrations.
Cultural Identity & Latino Health
Abundant examples of positive cultural imagery and activities create a sense of pride and community connection among residents. In the Latino community, we have a tradition of La Cultura Cura, or Culture Heals. La Cultura Cura reveals the importance of the symbiotic relationships between health, culture, traditions and family.
Based on the principles of “Un Hombre Noble” (A Noble Man),” the mission of the National Compadres Network is to strengthen, rebalance, and/or redevelop the traditional “Compadre” extended family system. It’s by this process that we encourage and support the positive involvement of Latino males as fathers, sons, grandfathers, brothers, compadres, partners, and mentors in their families and community.
Having the arts in young people’s lives is essential; we know that intuitively. Parents sing to their babies, dance with their toddlers, and occupy children with crayons and paper. And there was a time in this country when schools did their parts: bands, choruses, theatricals, and art studios used to fill the days along- side the 3 Rs, gym, social studies, science, and the rest. But over the past four decades, budget pressures and an increasing focus on just reading and math have crowded the arts out of too many school days. What’s lost? The chance for a child to express himself. The chance for the idiosyncratic child who has not yet succeeded elsewhere to shine. A sense of play, of fun, of discovery.
The World Health Organization (WHO) deﬁnes holistic health as: “viewing man in his totality within a wide ecological spectrum, and…emphasizing the view that ill health or disease is brought about by an imbalance, or disequilibrium, of man in his total ecological system and not only by the causative agent and pathogenic evolution.” This important perspective is echoed in the organization’s 1946 preamble, wherein health is deﬁned as a state of complete physical, mental, and social well-being rather than merely the absence of disease or inﬁrmity.