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Oral health of refugees in Pittsburgh

Madrecha, Smriti (2017) Oral health of refugees in Pittsburgh. Master's Thesis, University of Pittsburgh.

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The number of refugees across the world has been increasing over the past few years; in 2015 a record number of 65.3 million individuals were displaced from their homes due to conflict. Though most are displaced within the borders of their own country, millions are forced to leave their own homes and find refuge in another country. As these individuals seek shelter and begin building a life in their new country, their oral health needs are often neglected. Studies show that refugee oral health is significantly lower than their host countries counterparts. Addressing the disparities in oral health in marginalized populations, including refugees, is an important public health topic. Currently, there is no data on the oral health status of refugees that have resettled in Pittsburgh. By partnering with the Squirrel Hill Health Center, a Participating Provider with The Pennsylvania Office of Refugee Resettlement that performs the initial health screening for new refugees, a cross-sectional study can be designed to collect aggregate data regarding the oral health of this particular patient population. By establishing a baseline, interventions can be designed and tested to improve the oral health status of refugees in Pittsburgh, PA. Statement of Public Health Significance: This study will assess the current oral health status of refugees resettled in Pittsburgh, PA. This population’s oral health status is inferior to that of its host countries’ counterparts. By identifying barriers to care, effective interventions can be designed to increase oral hygiene, oral health literacy, patient compliance and access to care. Reducing the barriers to oral health care will increase the oral health status of this population.


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Item Type: Other Thesis, Dissertation, or Long Paper (Master's Thesis)
Status: Unpublished
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Madrecha, Smritismm227@pitt.eduSMM227
ContributionContributors NameEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Committee ChairFinegold, David N.dnf@pitt.eduUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Committee MemberRubin, Richard W.rrubin@pitt.eduUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Date: April 2017
Date Type: Submission
Publisher: University of Pittsburgh
Institution: University of Pittsburgh
Schools and Programs: School of Public Health > Multidisciplinary MPH
Degree: MPH - Master of Public Health
Thesis Type: Master's Thesis
Refereed: Yes
Date Deposited: 28 Jul 2017 18:09
Last Modified: 10 Dec 2020 02:04


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