3208.0 Continuity of care for immigrant, migrant and transient populations

Monday, November 9, 2009: 12:30 PM
As long as United States continues to be a welcoming home for refugees from all over the world, the issue of their healthcare will continue to be an important component in the integration element. Some of these refugees have never come into contact with western medicine until their arrival in the United States. Health practitioners attending APHA and attending a session such as this will get insights into these issues such as) pre-conditioned health behavior, utilization of Western health care, utilization of cultural and herbal medicines, values and implications placed on Western medicines rather than traditional medicines,and the services offered and used in organizational settings, issues of acculturation, mental health and birth outcomes of refugee population resident in some states.
Session Objectives: Identify three common concerns the four groups of refugee women have with receiving prenatal care. Identify two culturally specific concerns from individual interviews/survey of refugee women. Identify strategies to facilitate the integration of Vietnamese immigrants that promotes their physical and mental health status. Explain the process of acculturation of Vietnamese immigrants in the United States.

12:30 PM
Understanding traditional Hmong prenatal health care beliefs, practices, utilization and needs
Marlene Bengiamin, PhD, John A. Capitman, PhD, Xi Chang, BS and Mathilda B. Ruwe, MD, MPH, PhD
12:50 PM

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Organized by: Caucus on Refugee and Immigrant Health
Endorsed by: Asian Pacific Islander Caucus for Public Health, Community Health Planning and Policy Development, Caucus on Public Health and the Faith Community, Socialist Caucus, Social Work, Women's Caucus

CE Credits: Medical (CME), Health Education (CHES), Nursing (CNE), Public Health (CPH)