Health Literacy from the Perspective of African Immigrant Youth and Elderly: A PhotoVoice Project

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Robert W. Strack, Associate Professor and Department Head (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
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Abstract: Background. This project examines the views of African immigrants on health, access to health resources in the U.S., and perceived barriers to a healthy wellbeing faced by the elderly immigrants in the community. Methods. PhotoVoice methodology was used to evaluate the views of African immigrant youths and elderly drawn from a convenience sample. Participants were trained on the use of cameras and guided by research questions while taking photographs. The photographs were analyzed, coded into themes and presented to community resource representatives at a photo exhibit. Results. Emergent themes were: 1) nutrition, obesity and physical activity; 2) occupational regulation and educational opportunities; 3) feeling of security and public safety; 4) ethno- racial diversity and the health care system; 5) religiosity and social well- being. Discussion. These results have implications for health care professionals and community agencies serving immigrant populations. A deeper look into the health issues affecting this population is essential.

Additional Information

Journal of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved, 25(4)
Language: English
Date: 2014
Health literacy, African immigrants, PhotoVoice, elderly

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