Title Somali Perceptions and Barriers to Access
AAP Grant ID 1886
Project Year 2011
City & State Denver, CO
Program Name CATCH Planning
Topic Access/Barriers to Health Care (LHI)
Program Description
Somali children living in the United States are under-immunized and less likely to receive preventive health care. While barriers to health care have been described for Somali women receiving maternal health services, less is known about barriers to care for Somali children. To determine, through community assessment, barriers to heath care experienced by Denver-area Somali parents and to better understand Somali parents' expectations of preventive care for their children in order to design interventions and programs to improve their access to medical homes. We will recruit Somali parents and community leaders at Denver Health, other Denver-area clinics, and Somali community organizations for focus groups and key informant interviews. We will involve Somali community leaders in project design, implementation, and future planning. Using the results of the focus groups and key informant interviews, we will provide a report of interpreter services, parent perceptions, access, service provisions, and barriers experienced by Denver-area Somali families. We will also determine, using this information, future strategies and interventions to improve Somali families' participation in medical homes.
1. To form partnerships with the Somali community
2. To determine addressable barriers faced by Somali families in accessing health care and to better understand Somali parents expectations of preventive care and health care needs
3. To produce a report of barriers and a plan for programs and interventions to address barriers and needs and improve access to medical homes for Somali families
AAP District District VIII
Institutional Name Denver Health and Hospital Authority, 777 Bannock Street, Denver, CO 80204
Contact 1 Kristine Knuti
Contact 2 Simon Hambidge
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