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Health Promotion in Multicultural Populations

Health Promotion in Multicultural Populations
A Handbook for Practitioners and Students

Third Edition
Edited by:

January 2014 | 560 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
Edited by Robert M. Huff, Michael V. Kline, and Darleen V. Peterson, the Third Edition of Health Promotion in Multicultural Populations offers both students and practitioners an indispensable resource on assessment and implementation guidelines for promoting health and enhancing behaviors that optimize health in any cultural community.

Leading experts explore a wide range of topics, including the context of culture, cross-cultural perceptions of health, conceptual approaches to multicultural health promotion, health disparities, and the contributions of multicultural populations. Using the Cultural Assessment Framework (CAF), this proven handbook includes a focus on six specific populations (Hispanic/Latino, African American, American Indian and Alaska Native, Asian American, Pacific Islanders, and Arab Americans).The text concludes with a set of tips for working cross-culturally and a discussion about where the field is heading with respect to research and practice in the 21st century.

Lawrence W. Green
About the Editors
About the Contributors
Part I: Foundations
Robert M. Huff, Michael V. Kline, Darleen V. Peterson
Ch.1 Culture, Health Promotion, and Cultural Competency
Robert M. Huff, Soheila Yasharpour
Ch.2 Cross-Cultural Concepts of Health and Disease
Aimie F. Kachingwe, Robert M. Huff
Ch.3 The Ethics of Health Promotion Intervention in Culturally Diverse Populations
C. James Frankish, Chris Y. Lovato, Iraj Poureslami
Ch.4 Models, Theories, and Principles of Health Promotion and Their Use With Multicultural Populations
Gregory D. Stevens, Michael R. Cousineau, Christina Vane
Ch.5 Health Disparities in Multicultural Populations: An Overview
Robert M. Huff, Michael V. Kline, Diane Visensio Dobbins
Ch.6 The Cultural Assessment Framework
Michael V. Kline
Ch.7 Planning Health Promotion and Disease Prevention Programs in Multicultural Populations
Lourdes Baezconde-Garbanati, N. Tess Boley Cruz
Ch.8 Cross-Cultural Communication and Health Literacy in Multicultural Populations
Part II: Cultural Overviews
Amelie G. Ramirez, Ian M. Thompson Jr.
Ch.9 Hispanic/Latino Health, Cancer, and Disease: An Overview
Joyce W. Hopp, R. Patti Herring
Ch.10 Promoting Health Among Black Americans: An Overview
Felicia Schanche Hodge, Christopher Elliott Hodge
Ch.11 Health and Disease of American Indian and Alaska Native Populations in the United States: An Overview
Marjorie Kagawa-Singer, Christine Kho
Ch.12 Asian-American Health and Disease: An Overview
Paula Healani Palmer
Ch.13 Pacific Islander Health and Disease: An Overview
Sondos M. S. Islam, Shayma Alzubi
Ch.14 Promoting Health in Arab-American Populations
Part III: Case Studies
Amelie G. Ramirez, Patricia Chalela, Kipling J. Gallion, Alfred L. McAlister
Ch.15 Diffusion Acceleration: A Model for Behavior Change and Social Mobilization
Christopher Elliott Hodge, Felicia Schanche Hodge, Janelle F. Palacios
Ch.16 Tribal-Based Participatory Research: The Wellness Circles Project
Paula Healani Palmer
Ch.17 Improving Pacific Islander Health Through Community Participation: A Case Study
Sawssan R. Ahmed and Omar M. Mahmood
Ch.18 Access to Mental Health Services for Low-Income Immigrant and Refugee Arab-Americans: A Case Study
Part IV: Conclusions
Darleen V. Peterson, Michael V. Kline, and Robert M. Huff
Ch.19 Health Promotion Tips for the Practitioner and Student
Robert M. Huff, Michael V. Kline, and Darleen V. Peterson
Ch.20 Closing Thoughts and Emerging Issues in Multicultural Health Promotion and Disease Prevention
Author Index
Subject Index

“I thought the text was well written and concepts clearly articulated.”

Justin Coran
University of Florida

“Not only is it a great textbook for master and doctoral levels, it is a Handbook that practitioners can purchase after graduation to use for the rest of their careers.”

Mary Lou Gutierrez
Walden University

“I found myself referencing it for my own research a few times throughout the semester.”

Meghan Moran
San Diego State University

“I believe the text does an outstanding job in presenting the many dimensions of health promotion in multicultural populations.”

Larry Williams
North Carolina Central University

valuable perspective to promoting health

Mrs rebecca reynolds
School of Nursing and Midwifery, Plymouth University
August 15, 2019

Excellent resource for practitioners who work with diverse populations

Ms Ruth Heffernan
Health and Community Studies, University of Bolton
June 22, 2015

There is some useful and interesting information in this book. However, its focus is the USA and as such many of the chapters are not relevant for the UK. This is a great shame as we need a book like this with a UK focus.

Ms Joanna Harrison
School of Health and Wellbeing, Wolverhampton University
June 11, 2015

Useful content for general overall health promotion in multicultural society

Miss Kathryn Bould
Dental Institute, King's College London
March 5, 2015

Brilliant text for health promotion bringing in Multicultural populations and how this can actually affect health promotion campaigns. Altogether a well rounded text

Mr Daniel Mullan
Health and Social, The Maltings College
February 23, 2015

I like the book but unexpectedly I'm not teaching the course any longer.

Dr Maria Venetis
Communication Dept, Purdue University
October 14, 2014
Key features


  • Previous chapters have been consolidated to create a more accessible, compact volume.
  • Crucial new chapters discuss ethical concerns and health disparities in the United States and provide students and practitioners with a foundation for responsible practice.
  • Chapter objectives and suggested discussion topics and/or exercises have been added to guide the reader and instructor in the classroom use of the book.
  • Within each chapter, references have been expanded and supplementary websites and materials have been added to increase student and practitioner knowledge of valuable resources.


  • Incorporates the five levels of the Cultural Assessment Framework (CAF) to consider when planning a program for any multicultural population group: demographics, group epidemiologic and environmental influences, general characteristics, health care beliefs and practices, and western health care and service delivery variables.
  • A strong conceptual theme focuses on assessment, ethical issues, and health disparities.
  • Chapters are written by leading experts from within the major ethnic communities of the U.S.
  • A consistent structure in Parts I through III makes it easy for readers to draw comparisons between and among ethnic groups on specific issues.
  • Case study set of case study chapters offer engaging, concrete examples of the theory and research discussed in the text.
  • A”Health Promotion Tips” chapter provides practical suggestions that facilitate implementation in real-world practice.
  • End-of-chapter references guide readers to resources for more in-depth exploration of topics.
  • A wide range of in-book learning aids, including learning objectives, key terms, summary remarks and advice, Points for Further Discussion/Classroom-Community Exercises, references to web sites, and a glossary, help readers master key concepts.

Sample Materials & Chapters

Chapter 1

Chapter 13

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