Collaborative health education for Somali Bantu refugee women in Kansas City

Ellyn R. Mulcahy, Carla Buchheit, Elyse Max, Suzanne R. Hawley, Aimee S. James

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Objective: To partner with and understand the health of Somali Bantu refugee women, small group sessions were designed and conducted using a community-based collaborative action research (CBCAR) approach. Health topics identified by this community were presented in 42 sessions with eleven women. Follow-up individual interviews with the women were used to ask questions about health experiences and plan for future health education. The objective of this qualitative study was to provide refugee women with knowledge to help them adjust to new health challenges in the United States, and to share personal narratives in a safe environment. Results: The process of sharing health information with the women resulted in a collaborative exchange of culture and community. Individual interviews allowed women to voice their opinions outside of the influence of their community elders. CBCAR is an effective tool to involve refugee communities, and other populations small in number, in addressing their unique health challenges. Results from this study demonstrated that small group sessions and a CBCAR approach can be effective in sharing knowledge within small communities of refugee women. Findings from the study will assist in the future planning of health education programs for refugee women and their families in this community.

Original languageEnglish
Article number616
JournalBMC Research Notes
Issue number1
StatePublished - Sep 23 2019


  • Cultural competence
  • Family health
  • Interventions
  • Participatory action research
  • Qualitative research
  • Refugees
  • Women's health


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