Cultural adaptation resources for nutrition and health in new immigrants in Central North Carolina.

UNCG Author/Contributor (non-UNCG co-authors, if there are any, appear on document)
Raleigh Bailey, Senior Research Scientist, Director Emeritus at the Center for New North Carolinians (Creator)
Kenneth Gruber, Evaluation Section Chair (Creator)
Lauren Haldeman, Associate Professor (Creator)
Sharon D. Morrison, Associate Professor (Creator)
S. Sudha, Associate Professor (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
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Abstract: This paper presents results of a study that was conducted for the purposes of describing available human services resources relating to nutrition, physical health, and behavioral health for new and recent immigrants (predominantly Mexican immigrants, but groups from Southeast Asia and continental Africa as well) in Guilford County, NC. Sixty-five service providers were determined to represent cultural adaptation resources providing either direct and/or ancillary assistance to limited English proficient immigrants. Seventeen direct assistance providers specialized in food and nutrition programs, but only 2 had targeted programs for addressing food scarcity, insecurity, and nutritional deficiencies in immigrant households. Four of 15 direct physical health services providers had clinical care or specialty programs for immigrants. Finally, 5 of 16 direct behavioral health care providers offered mental health treatment and counseling services adapted specifically for targeted immigrant groups. These findings highlight the limited development of the existing human services network to increase its capacity to provide nutrition and health related services to a growing community of diverse immigrant groups. These descriptive results underscore a need for additional local level or community based resources to be directed towards increasing the community’s ability to provide essential human services to population groups not yet language proficient and acculturated to “American community standards.”

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Language: English
Date: 2007
cultural adaptation resources, nutrition, health, immigrants, North Carolina, immigrant health

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