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Culture and Health: A Qualitative Study of Somali Bantu Women in Pittsburgh

Shamalla-Hannah, Lorraine (2007) Culture and Health: A Qualitative Study of Somali Bantu Women in Pittsburgh. Master's Thesis, University of Pittsburgh. (Unpublished)

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The demographics of the United States are changing daily and the foreign population has increased with numerous languages currently spoken in the country. African refugees are one of the fastest growing populations of the U.S. many of whom have been displaced from their country due to civil unrest. An example of an immigrant population that is growing rapidly in the U.S. is the Somali Bantu whom like other immigrant ethnic populations do not have adequate access to health care because of their economic status, lack of health insurance, and cultural and language barriers. Due to these circumstances and lack of knowledge on health related issues, Somali immigrant women will choose to neglect their health over their children and spouses ignoring the importance of preventive, maternal, or reproductive health.The Institute of Medicine (IOM) and many health care providers have observed that the root causes for disparities in ethnic groups are multifactorial and complex and exist due to a range of barriers such as language, education levels, geography, and cultural familiarity. Healthy People 2010 address the health concerns of the future of the nation and in order to meet the goals and eliminate health disparities, public health practitioners must reach out to immigrant populations.This research paper presents an analysis of findings from a community-based assessment regarding the resettlement challenges and health care needs of the Somali Bantu immigrant population in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania which is a public health issue that needs to be addressed. This research paper will also propose steps to help improve the knowledge and quality of health care for the immigrant Somali Bantu in Pittsburgh through an intervention program with the focus on women and maternal health.


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Item Type: University of Pittsburgh ETD
Status: Unpublished
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
ETD Committee:
TitleMemberEmail AddressPitt UsernameORCID
Committee ChairAbatemarco, Dianedja17@pitt.eduDJA17
Committee MemberSilvestre, Anthonytonys@pitt.eduTONYS
Committee MemberButler, Jamesjbutler9@pitt.eduJBUTLER9
Date: 28 June 2007
Date Type: Completion
Defense Date: 23 April 2007
Approval Date: 28 June 2007
Submission Date: 13 April 2007
Access Restriction: 5 year -- Restrict access to University of Pittsburgh for a period of 5 years.
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: culture; women; health; somali
Other ID:, etd-04132007-223827
Date Deposited: 10 Nov 2011 19:37
Last Modified: 15 Nov 2016 13:40


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