142nd APHA Annual Meeting and Exposition

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Multicultural Screening and Assessment of Immigrants & Refugees

142nd APHA Annual Meeting and Exposition (November 15 - November 19, 2014): http://www.apha.org/events-and-meetings/annual
Tuesday, November 18, 2014 : 9:15 AM - 9:30 AM

Ellen Jones, DNP, FNPC, FAANP , The University of North Carolina @ Greensboro, Greensboro, NC
Approximately 37.6 million people living in the US are foreign born with the majority being naturalized immigrants, non-citizen legalized immigrants, and undocumented immigrants. Refugees are among this group with NC having a rich history of hosting refugees from all over the world. The Center for New North Carolinians estimates that Guilford County has one of the largest and most diverse population of immigrants and refugees in NC with populations from Asia, Middle East, Africa, Eastern Europe, Russia, the Caribbean, and Latin America. Immigrant and refugee populations are often hesitant and resistant in seeking medical attention. They often to do not take advantage of primary prevention and screening opportunities to manage disease earlier. Many, after being in the US for years, still have much difficulty communicating in English. Likewise, they are fearful of western medicine. In an effort to engage the community and provide services for underserved populations, the AGNP program had students participate in screening programs with groups from Eastern Europe, Russia, Asia, Vietnam, and Africa. Screenings included BMI, BP, Glucose, HgbA1C, and Cholesterol. Anecdotally, it was found that cultures differed in how they interpreted their findings, changed behaviors, took prescribed medications, and maintained follow up appointments. Students were always well-received and the participant’s seemed interested in their health and agreeable to making necessary changes. For nurses to use simple assessments to determine modifiable risks, and then have participant’s make necessary changes, provides evidence of benefits that are of considerable value to the patient.

Learning Areas:

Conduct evaluation related to programs, research, and other areas of practice
Public health or related nursing

Learning Objectives:
Identify best practices when conducting health screenings for immigrant and refugee populations. Evaluate the effectiveness of health screenings and how the findings influence preventative health behaviors of immigrant and refugee populations.

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: Ellen Jones DNP, FNP-C, FAANP, I have been an AGNP faculty member in the UNCG Community Practice Dept within the School of Nursing. As part of my role I was the faculty coordinator for the School of Nursing Health Centers and conducted community health fairs with vulnerable populations. Many of the health fairs included immigrant and refugee populations.
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.