How community health workers affiliated with a program in Greensboro, North Carolina promote access to healthcare in refugee communities

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Nneze Njideka Eluka (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
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Sharron Morrison

Abstract: Since 1975, the United States has resettled over 3 million refugees fleeing persecution from conflict areas. Regardless of heterogeneity in cultural practices, religion and socioeconomic status, refugees collectively experience adverse health outcomes related to stress of displacement, trauma and/or torture compared to the general population. Practical stressors like financial constraints, legal status change, fragmented families and households, transportation, lack of culturally appropriate care and language barriers limit access to healthcare for refugees. Fortunately, community health workers (CHWs) are able to help connect refugees to healthcare through culturally appropriate strategies. Utilization of (CHWs) has been upheld as an effective model to increase community involvement in health promotion and health education. This study used a constructivist grounded theory lens to explore experiences specific to connecting refugee communities to the healthcare system. Data was collected through individual in-depth interviews and a demographic profile questionnaire with a purposeful sample of 10 CHW participants. Knowledge gained was used to develop an informal theory to allow for an improved understanding of CHW roles, strategies and burdens.

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Language: English
Date: 2020
Community health workers, Constructivist grounded theory, Healthcare access, Refugees
Refugees $x Health and hygiene $z North Carolina $z Greensboro
Community health services $z North Carolina $z Greensboro
Community health aides $z North Carolina $z Greensboro

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