200931 Caafimaad leh (Healthy Living)

Monday, November 9, 2009: 5:15 PM

Joan K. Brandt, PhD, MPH, RN , Department of Nursing, Augsburg College, Minneapolis, MN
Carol Pavlish, PhD, MS, RN , School of Nursing, UCLA, Los Angeles, CA
Jeannine Mueller-Harmon, MS, FNP, RN , Department of Nursing, The College of St. Catherine, St. Paul, MN
Barbara Champlin, PhD, MS, RN , Department of Nursing, The College of St. Catherine, St. Paul, MN
Sahra Noor, RN, MS , Community Health Outreach, Fairview Health Services, Minneapolis, MN
The Community Connections and Collaboration Project is a community-based collaborative action research project between the College of St. Catherine and three community-based organizations providing services to the Somali immigrant population within the Minneapolis/St. Paul area of Minnesota. Through partnership with Women of Africa Resource and Development Association (WARDA), Wellness Connection of Minnesota, and the Brian Coyle Center, women between the ages of 18 and 80 were recruited for focus groups. We queried participants about their health beliefs as well as their health care experiences and priority concerns. Seeking deeper understandings about system resources and gaps, we also interviewed key informants who represented various service providers within the Somali community. Using Atlas.ti 5.2 data management software, we inductively coded research text and identified 5 overall categories including: structural barriers; Caafimaad leh (healthy living); community strengths; community/system relationships and mental health. Each of these categories was then analyzed for conceptual themes. Subsequently, a community forum, which included a panel discussion with Somali community leaders, was held to engage attendees in a dialogue about the themes and to initiate discussion on next steps. Eleven priority concerns with potential interventions were identified by the community. In addition to research results, we will offer ideas on how to create and maintain relationships with community partners. Throughout the presentation we will describe the process of Communty-based Collaborative Action Research as a model for partnering with marginalized communities to address health disparities.

Learning Objectives:
1.Describe the process of Community Based Collaborative Action Research (CBCAR) as a model for empowering communities, setting priorities and finding solutions to health disparities.. 2.Identify barriers that women from the Somali immigrant community encounter when interacting with the health care system in Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minnesota. 3.Explain how CBCAR promotes a contextual understanding of marginalized populationsí health experiences.

Keywords: Community Research, Health Disparities

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: Joan Brandt, PhD, MPH, RN is the PI for the Community Connections and Collaboration project, involving community based collaborative research with the Somali immmigrant community within Minneapolis/St. Paul, MN. She has previous experience with community-based action research and adolescents.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.