268292 Access to health information in a newly arrived refugee population: A health fair approach

Sunday, October 28, 2012

Jean Trotter, MS, RNC , Public Health Nursing, Georgetown University School of Nursing, Washington, DC
Jennie Braun , Georgetown University School of Nursing, Washington, DC
Bryn McMahon , Georgetown University School of Nursing, Washington, DC
Stephanie Meltzer , Georgetown University School of Nursing, Washington, DC
Chelsea Stage , Georgetown University School of Nursing, Washington, DC
Kathryn Suess , Georgetown University School of Nursing, Washington, DC
A community assessment, conducted by a group of public health nursing students, identified several barriers to health care in a recently arrived refugee population in Prince Georges County, Maryland. The three major barriers were language, lack of transportation, and lack of knowledge of health resources. To address these barriers, a health fair was planned to bring information, resources and services to the apartment complex where the refugees lived. A variety of health stations were set up with community agency representatives and translators present. Translators were available for all the major languages spoken in this population, including Arabic, Swahili, French and Napalese. The health fair included flu vaccine administration, screening for diabetes, hypertension,and pulmonary functioning as well as health information about HIV, family planning, and dental health. One of the most popular areas was the flu vaccine administration station. This area surpassed its goal of 300 by vaccinating 432 adults and children during the fair. Bringing the resources to this newly arrived refugee population improved their access to care and increased their knowledge of resources available for use in the future.

Learning Areas:
Administer health education strategies, interventions and programs
Advocacy for health and health education
Diversity and culture
Planning of health education strategies, interventions, and programs
Provision of health care to the public
Public health or related nursing

Learning Objectives:
1. Identify health resources for newly arrived refugees.

Keywords: Refugees, Access to Health Care

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I am the faculty member who oversaw the assessment, problem identification, program implementation and evaluation of the community health project described conductd by 5 senior community health students. I both teach and practice community assessment.
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.