Somali Bantu refugees in southwest Idaho: assessment using participatory research

Pamela J Springer, Mikal Black, Kim Martz, Cathy Deckys, Terri Soelberg
ANS. Advances in Nursing Science 2010, 33 (2): 170-81
The Somali Bantu represent a subset of African refugees, many of whom are preliterate with no native written language. This population presents significant challenges for nurses and other healthcare providers. A community-based participatory research project using qualitative techniques to combine community and cultural assessment was conducted over 18 months. A thorough description of methodology and results are provided. The results of the assessment are discussed as well as implications for healthcare providers. The findings indicate that this is a vulnerable population, with limited resources placing them at high risk for health disparities. Further research should focus on obtaining actual health data.

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