Feature: August 2015
The United States has witnessed rapid changes in its demographic composition within the past two decades. These changes have far-reaching implications for research, practice and policy. There are marked disparities in health indicators between native- and foreign-born populations in the United States. Racial minorities are less likely to engage with the health care system and also have poor outcomes across a broad variety of health conditions, when compared to others. In particular, the recent surge in the African immigrant and refugee population in the USA (and elsewhere) presents opportunities and challenges to examine health disparities, identify opportunities for advocacy and policy to improve specific health gaps in this community. Scattered evidence from researchers and practitioners point to the disproportionate increases in HIV, diabetes, cardio-metabolic diseases, sickle cell and cancer among African immigrant populations.
The 3rd United States Conference on African Immigrant Health (USCAIH-III), which is being hosted by the Health Resources and Services Administrations Office of Regional Operations, the Office of Minority Health Resource Center, and EthnoMed, will examine the social determinants of these disparities, under the broad theme: Social Determinants of African Immigrant and Refugee Health: Rethinking Integration, Challenges and Empowerment.
The conference will be held at the W Hotel in Seattle, Washington December 4th-6th, 2015. More information and conference registration, coming soon.
- Abstracts are invited and currently being accepted for poster and oral presentations on original epidemiological, behavioral, social, and policy oriented research related to the physical, psychological and mental health among African immigrants and refugees in the United States.
Summer: Seasonal Safety Issues
Summer safety issues include heat-related illnesses, sun exposure, water safety concerns, and use of fireworks or concern about fire. Extremely hot weather can cause sickness or even death.
People at highest risk for heat-related illness are:
- Older adults
- Young children
- People with mental illness and chronic diseases
- Athletes who exercise outdoors
- Outdoor workers
- People experiencing homelessness
During very hot weather:
- Check on at-risk friends, family and neighbors twice a day
- Stay cool and avoid direct contact with the sun
- Stay hydrated. Drink plenty of water and don't wait until you're thirsty to drink more
- NEVER LEAVE INFANTS, children or pets in a parked car
- Watch for signs of heat exhaustion or heat stroke. Seek medical care immediately
Check out some helpful links to websites that provide information on summer safety topics in many languages, including some materials in audio/visual formats. Read more...
Migrant Children Health
Some of the hyped claims and concerns over health risks from unaccompanied migrant children stem from ignorance, if not racial prejudice. The answer to responding to disease challenges is not scaremongering, not pointing fingers at migrant children, but rather ensuring that appropriate treatment is in place for them, regardless of where geographic borders lie. The following resources provide background information on the problem, factual information to help educate, and ongoing initiatives to address the misinformation. Read more...
Caring for Survivors of Torture - Selected New Resources
Obtaining Survivor Histories - Video Clips and Clinical Pearls
These videos are part of a series of short clips giving examples of issues to be aware of when obtaining a patient history. The clips are from interviews with patients of Dr. Carey Jackson (used with permission) demonstrating aspects of torture histories commonly encountered among torture survivors. New clips:
- Witnessing the Torture of Others: An Example of Mass Torture in Cambodia under Pol Pot
- Catastrophic Illness Triggers
- The Experience of Reactivation
Sequelae of Torture: Traumatic Brain Injury - Video
40 minute video presentation by Dr. Carey Jackson about working with torture survivors. Topics include mechanisms of traumatic brain injury, symptoms of TBI, and how to assess and treat.
Ritual Female Genital Cutting: Promoting Cultural Versatility and Safety in Medical Practice
Originally presented or referenced at an event organized by Seattle University Students for Sexual and Reproductive Justice on December 5, 2014, materials include a video of the presentation given by speakers Drs. Elinor Graham, Anisa Ibrahim and Anab Abdullahi, presentation slides, intake form used to document patient history and exam, and links to related journal articles. Read more...
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