Cultural health assets of somali and oromo refugees and immigrants in minnesota: Findings from a community-based participatory research project

Elizabeth Lightfoot, Jennifer Blevins, Terry Lum, Amano Dube

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Abstract

This community-based participatory research study sought to identify the cultural health assets of the Somali and Oromo communities in one Minnesota neighborhood that could be mobilized to develop culturally appropriate health interventions. Community asset mappers conducted 76 interviews with Somali and Oromo refugees in in Minnesota regarding the cultural assets of their community. A community-university data analysis team coded data for major themes. Key cultural health assets of the Somali and Oromo refugee communities revealed in this study include religion and religious beliefs, religious and cultural practices, a strong culture of sharing, interconnectedness, the prominence of oral traditions, traditional healthy eating and healthy lifestyles, traditional foods and medicine, and a strong cultural value placed on health. These cultural health assets can be used as building blocks for culturally relevant health interventions.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)252-260
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of health care for the poor and underserved
Volume27
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Feb 2016
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Africa
  • Asset-based community development
  • Community-based participatory research
  • Cultural health assets
  • Culture
  • Eastern
  • Emigrants and immigrants
  • Health disparities
  • Health promotion
  • Refugees

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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