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Health experiences of East-African refugees in Rhode Island


The purpose of this study was to assess the social, political, and cultural factors that have contributed to the health-related experiences of East African refugees resettled in Providence. Data collection is based on a target sample of thirty semi-structured, in-depth interviews of men and women from the East-African refugee community in Providence, RI. Interviews were performed with five members from each of the Rwandan, Burundian, Congolese, Somali, Ethiopian, and Eritrean communities. Preliminary results show that the various communities are, in general, happy with their doctors. The main sources of frustration for those interviewed have been navigating the power dynamic inherent in working with interpreters, accessing and maintaining an insurance plan, and navigating the social systems that encompass our healthcare system.


Schein, Yvette, "Health experiences of East-African refugees in Rhode Island" (2015). Summer Research Symposium. Brown Digital Repository. Brown University Library.



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