Enhancing Medical Home for Adolescent Immigrants aims to improve the quality of health care in the primary care setting offered to adolescent immigrants in the south Bronx. The project will accomplish this in a two-step process.
The first step will involve carrying out a needs assessment among adolescent immigrants in the community evaluating prevalent health behaviors and how these behaviors vary across levels of acculturation among immigrant youth. The needs assessment will also evaluate the manner in which these health behaviors are discussed in the context of a primary care visit.
The second step will involve educating health care staff at local clinics about the results of the needs assessment and identifying areas in which the health needs of adolescent immigrants are not being met. This will serve to enhance the medical home environment of immigrant youth. Partnerships with community organizations dedicated to immigrant health will serve as resources during the planning phase of the project as well as vehicles through which this project will be sustained in the future.