Enhancing Culturally-Informed Health Care Services for Women Affected by Genital Cutting in Arizona

Project: Research project

Description

The focus of this project is to elucidate the gaps in care and enhance the provision of FGC-related health care and social services for women in Arizona who have experienced FGC; engaging the Somali and Somali Bantu communities. As of 2012, Arizona ranked 7th in the US for Somali refugee resettlement. The Refugee Womens Health Clinic (RWHC) is a nationally recognized best practice model for refugee womens health, providing specialized care for women with FGC. This project is designed to build greater capacity among health and social service providers across Arizona to care for FGC-affected populations and build community knowledge and awareness of FGC-related health issues and available services.
The project will accomplish four outcomes throughout its three-year duration:
Outcome 1: Identify specific FGC-related health care needs and available health and social services for women in Arizona who have experienced FGC to improve services to FGC-affected communities. Outcome 2: Identify gaps, barriers, and/or assets in FGC-related health care and social services for women in Arizona who have experienced FGC to provide improved services to FGC-affected communities. Outcome 3: Create and implement FGC education efforts so that providers improve culturally competent care for women who have experienced FGC in health care and social service settings. Outcome 4: Create and implement community outreach and educational programs among communities affected by FGC to increase awareness of FGC-related health issues, prevention and services available.
To inform these initiatives, an established infrastructure of community partnership exists through the Refugee Women's Health Community Advisory Coalition (RWHCAC), encompassing local voluntary resettlement agencies (VOLAGs) and Ethnic Community-Based Organizations (ECBOs). These community partners will be (a) involved in the planning and the design of the project; (b) encouraged to assume responsibility to identify their own Community Mobilizers; (c) engaged in enhancing the educational materials to align content to cultural standards; and (d) engaged in evaluating the project processes and outcomes.
The project strategies include: (1) identifying specific FGC-related health care needs and available health and social services for FGC-affected women including an identification of the gaps, barriers, and/or assets in FGC-related care ( year one). (2) utilizing the results from the Community Health Needs Assessment Survey to refine existing educational materials and implement educational outreach efforts across the state to improve culturally competent care among providers ( years two and three), (3) promoting outreach and education among FGC-affected communities specifically through the development of culturally appropriate materials and community education sessions (years two and three) and, (4) conducting inter-professional training workshops for health and social service providers on FGC; and incorporating FGC teleECHOTM video conferencing clinics to promote sustainability via links to online resources, educational materials, and webinars on FGC-related care and services (years two and three).
Emergent products include online learning components, community education sessions, FGC teleECHOTM sessions, and capacity building trainings for all partners. Formal reports about what works (and what does not) will be created following formal summative evaluation.
StatusActive
Effective start/end date7/1/1712/31/19

Funding

  • HHS-OS: Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health (OASH): $745,026.00

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