3112.1 Women, migration and rights

Monday, November 9, 2009: 10:30 AM
The issue of medical professionals migrating from the less developed countries to advanced countries continues to be discussed. It has been stated how the “south” trains and the “north” takes. It has been argued that the less developing countries are made worse off because of this migration pattern. Missing in the debate has been the challenges that are faced by these health professionals in their newly adopted countries. This session does also add to the discussions on human trafficking as well as other challenges faced by Moslem women from Somalia (in Africa)and Bangladesh (in Asia) in navigating the American healthcare system and attempts being used to design appropriate interventions for this population whether it is in health education, screening or care.
Session Objectives: 1. Determine predictors of good breast and cervical cancer screening practice among Bangladeshi immigrant women in US. 2. Design culturally appropriate health education program for Bangladeshi immigrant women to improve use of preventive screening tests for breast and cervical cancer. 3. Identify at least 6 barriers to Somali understanding and acceptance of Western obstetric care 4. Identify elements of a program to improve Somali understanding and acceptance of Western obstetric care 5. Identify content of a successful program to improve cultural competency of obstetric providers in regard to Somali care 6. Evaluate methods used to estimate prevalence of human trafficking and forced labor among Burmese migrant workers. 7. Identify risk factors associated with trafficking and forced labor among Burmese migrants. 8. Identify barriers and opportunities related to migrating as a health professional, and the challenges and benefits of being an immigrant working in health care in the U.S
Gonzalo Bacigalupe, EdD, MPH

10:30 AM
Cancer Screening Practices of Bangladeshi Women Living in the United States
Rafia S. Rasu, PhD, Madison Abercrombie and Patricia J. Kelly, PhD
10:50 AM
Improving prenatal education and cultural understanding between clinicians and Somali immigrants: A multi-faceted approach
Debra K. Sepulveda, MD, MPH, Nancy Hill, RN, BSN, Emmy Hunt, RN, MSN and Kalli Varaklis, MD
11:10 AM
Estimating Prevalence of Human Trafficking and Forced Labor in Burmese Migrants in Thailand
Courtland Robinson, PhD, Georgina Calderon, MPH, Mandy Swann, MPH, Janka Flaska, MMSc, MPH and Sompong Srakaew, MA
11:30 AM
Medical Migration from the Global South to the U.S. South: Tampa's International Health Workforce
Aimee Eden, MA, Lauren Anne Harris, BA, Jaime Corvin, PhD, Scott Solomon, PhD and Kevin Yelvington, PhD

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Organized by: Caucus on Refugee and Immigrant Health
Endorsed by: Family Violence Prevention Forum, Asian Pacific Islander Caucus for Public Health, APHA-Committee on Women's Rights, Caucus on Public Health and the Faith Community, Maternal and Child Health, Socialist Caucus, Social Work, Women's Caucus

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