Journal of Immigrant and Minority Health

, Volume 16, Issue 2, pp 314–320

A Pilot Study of Health Priorities of Somalis Living in Kansas City: Laying the Groundwork for CBPR

Authors

    • Department of Family MedicineUniversity of Kansas Medical Center
    • Center for American Indian Community HealthUniversity of Kansas Medical Center
    • Department of Preventive Medicine & Public HealthUniversity of Kansas Medical Center
  • Babalola Faseru
    • Department of Family MedicineUniversity of Kansas Medical Center
    • Center for American Indian Community HealthUniversity of Kansas Medical Center
    • Department of Preventive Medicine & Public HealthUniversity of Kansas Medical Center
  • Martha Baird
    • School of NursingUniversity of Kansas Medical Center
  • Florence Ndikum-Moffor
    • Center for American Indian Community HealthUniversity of Kansas Medical Center
    • Department of Preventive Medicine & Public HealthUniversity of Kansas Medical Center
  • K. Allen Greiner
    • Department of Family MedicineUniversity of Kansas Medical Center
    • Center for American Indian Community HealthUniversity of Kansas Medical Center
    • Department of Preventive Medicine & Public HealthUniversity of Kansas Medical Center
  • Christine M. Daley
    • Department of Family MedicineUniversity of Kansas Medical Center
    • Center for American Indian Community HealthUniversity of Kansas Medical Center
    • Department of Preventive Medicine & Public HealthUniversity of Kansas Medical Center
    • Department of AnthropologyUniversity of Kansas
    • American Indian Health Research and Education Alliance
Brief Communication

DOI: 10.1007/s10903-012-9732-1

Cite this article as:
Filippi, M.K., Faseru, B., Baird, M. et al. J Immigrant Minority Health (2014) 16: 314. doi:10.1007/s10903-012-9732-1
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Abstract

African immigrant and refugee communities remain medically underserved in the United States. Formative efforts are being directed to address the local needs of communities by researchers, community agencies, and local populations. However, there is a paucity of data and sparse documentation regarding these efforts. The objectives for this pilot study were to identify the health priorities of the Kansas City Somali community and to establish a working relationship between an academic medical university and the local Somali community. Our team used community-based participatory research principles and interviewed Somali community members (n = 11). Participants stated that chronic and mental health conditions were of primary concern. Medical system navigation and literacy struggles were identified as barriers. Participants offered possible solutions to some health issues, e.g., using community health workers and Qur’anic readers. Preliminary findings will help guide future research and inform strategies to improve the health and well-being of this community.

Keywords

Community-based participatory researchFormative researchHealthcare disparitiesRefugee healthSomalis

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© Springer Science+Business Media New York 2012