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The Process Of African Immigrant Incorporation And Social Mobility And Its Impact On Health Care Access And Utilization

Haile, Senayit Kidane (2010) The Process Of African Immigrant Incorporation And Social Mobility And Its Impact On Health Care Access And Utilization. Master's Thesis, University of Pittsburgh. (Unpublished)

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AbstractAfrican immigrants are arguably the most underserved subgroup within the United States. They have to date been largely ignored by researchers and public health agencies. While the number of African immigrants is relatively small they are one of the fastest growing groups in the United States and are likely to change the demographic makeup of the black American population. Even as there has been growing interest in African immigrant groups, existing literature does not recognize the heterogeneity within this diverse population. The result is an incomplete understanding of the factors that influence health, access and utilization of services among African immigrant groups.In this thesis, the dynamics of social and economic mobility of African immigrants' are examined to determine what effect they have on their ability to gain access to much needed public health services. Additionally, and of particular relevance to public health, factors that enable acclimation and quicken opportunities for social and economic mobility are discussed as they are predictors for health care access and utilization in both the short and long term. Results from a search of published research shows that inadequate acclimation to the various US systems can result in a protracted immigrant period and delayed economic and social incorporation. The result is reduced access and utilization of health and social services. Evident in the literature is the need for comprehensive immigration programs accompanied by educational curricula that facilitate the highest level of acclimation thereby enhancing knowledge, opportunities for economic mobility, access and utilization of health and social services. Recommendations are given to quicken immigrant acclimation and improve access and utilization of health and social services.


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Item Type: University of Pittsburgh ETD
Status: Unpublished
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Haile, Senayit
ETD Committee:
TitleMemberEmail AddressPitt UsernameORCID
Committee ChairDocumét, Patricia Ipdocumet@pitt.eduPDOCUMET
Committee MemberTerry, Martha Annmaterry@pitt.eduMATERRY
Committee MemberRohrer, Wesleywmrun@pitt.eduWMRUN
Date: 29 June 2010
Date Type: Completion
Defense Date: 8 April 2010
Approval Date: 29 June 2010
Submission Date: 12 April 2010
Access Restriction: No restriction; Release the ETD for access worldwide immediately.
Institution: University of Pittsburgh
Schools and Programs: School of Public Health > Behavioral and Community Health Sciences
Degree: MPH - Master of Public Health
Thesis Type: Master's Thesis
Refereed: Yes
Uncontrolled Keywords: African; health care acess; health care utlization; immigrant; refugee; social mobility
Other ID:, etd-04122010-210454
Date Deposited: 10 Nov 2011 19:36
Last Modified: 15 Nov 2016 13:39


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