A Garden for All: Refugee Participation in Community Gardens

Title: A Garden for All: Refugee Participation in Community Gardens

Author: Amelia Angevine, Samuel Morrison, Caitlin Raph, Andrea Siemaszko

Description: Presentation of research for Clark University course ID 132. This research explores the participation of refugees in community gardens in Worcester, successes, challenges and opportunities for improvement.

http://commons.clarku.edu/localknowledge/40/

Keywords: Community Gardens, Urban Agriculture

Cataloged by: Patrick Barnosky/ B. J. Perkins

The Role of English Language Proficiency in the Process of Refugee Integration in Worcester

Title: The Role of English Language Proficiency in the Process of Refugee Integration in Worcester

Author: Marianne Sarkis, Abubakar Gusau, Moudwe Diggs, Prayas Pun

Date: 2013

Description: This research was designed by students of Clark University to explore the importance of English language proficiency to refugees in their processes of resettlement in Worcester. The researchers found, through interviews with refugee participants of the African Community Education (ACE) organization, that limited English proficiency poses a challenge to refugees, but that English learning opportunities greatly facilitate their resettlement.

http://commons.clarku.edu/localknowledge/22/

Keywords: English Proficiency, Refugee Resettlement

Cataloged by: Patrick Barnosky/ B. J. Perkins

Factors Influencing Management of Type 2 Diabetes Among Vietnamese Seniors in Worcester, MA

Title: Factors Influencing Management of Type 2 Diabetes Among Vietnamese Seniors in Worcester, MA

Author: Marianne Sarkis, Amelia Angevine, Chantal Begley, Kristina Nguyen, Thuha Le

Date: 2013

Description: This is a research project conducted by students as part of a Clark University course that examines the social and environmental factors contributing to type 2 diabetes in elderly people of Vietnamese in Worcester, MA.  The researchers focused on how diabetes management is affected by factors related to physical environment and community, such as accessibility of healthy lifestyle choices. This research was conducted through eleven individual interviews and seven focus groups.

http://commons.clarku.edu/localknowledge/17/

Keywords: Type 2 Diabetes, Elderly, Vietnamese

Cataloged by: Patrick Barnosky/ B. J. Perkins

Ghanaian Women’s Reproductive Health Worcester

Title: Ghanaian Women’s Reproductive Health Worcester

Author: Marianne Sarkis, Brian Arsenault, Veronica Llanes, Allegra Marra and Surya Ry

Date: 2013

Description: This research was conducted by students as part of a semester-long course at Clark University, under the supervision of Professor Marianne Sarkis. The students interviewed six female residents of Worcester, who are from Ghana or of Ghanaian descent, and who had experienced pregnancy/birthing through the U.S. healthcare system. The researchers found that these women had a positive perspective on their experiences with the prenatal/natal healthcare system in the U.S.

http://commons.clarku.edu/localknowledge/23/

Keywords: Reproductive Health, Prenatal Health Care, Ghanaian

Cataloged by: Patrick Barnosky/ B. J. Perkins

Ability and Willingness to Change Among African Immigrant Patients at Akwaaba

Title: Ability and Willingness to Change Among African Immigrant Patients at Akwaaba

Author: Marianne Sarkis, Temitayo Akinbola, Charise Canales, Hana Chamoun, Jacqueline Leaf

Date: 2013

Description: This research study was designed to investigate the relationship between understanding of high blood pressure, and willingness to modify lifestyle risk factors among African patients of Akwaaba, a free health clinic in Worcester. The study did not prove or disprove the hypothesis that lack of behavior change is due to lack of understanding of blood pressure management. However, additional findings were that language barriers, cultural differences and approach to health care inhibited adherence to dietary and medication regimens.

http://commons.clarku.edu/localknowledge/19/

Keywords: Behavior Change, Health Care, Africans

Cataloged by: Patrick Barnosky/ B. J. Perkins

African-Born Women’s Birth Experiences in Worcester, MA

Title: African-Born Women’s Birth Experiences in Worcester, MA

Author: Marianne Sarkis, Anneke Kat, Maya Baum, Bernadine Mayhungu

Date: 2014

Description: This research paper was conducted as part of a class at Clark University. The researchers conducted a focus group with immigrant women and interviews with health care practitioners who serve the African population in Worcester. The findings were that community and social networks are important factors in a women’s experience during pregnancy and that there are differences in the way healthcare providers and patients understand interactions with each other.

http://commons.clarku.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1063&context=localknowledge

Keywords: Pregnancy, Birth, African Women

Cataloged by: Patrick Barnosky/ B. J. Perkins

Designing a Bioshelter in Worcester

Title: Designing a Bioshelter in Worcester

Author: Breen, John, Thomas Fay, Peerapat Luxsuwong, Mark Overdeest and Yunjae Sohn.

Date: 2015

Description: Qualifying Project Report, Worcester Polytechnic Institute

This project was intended to determine the most effective design for a bioshelter that would serve as a year-round urban food production system to be used and co-managed by refugees in Worcester, MA. This bioshelter was designed to take advantage of natural solar, wind and water resources, including a rain catchment system, a climate battery, thermal mass, composting, natural heating and ventilation systems. This project was designed to be built on two unused lots, and to serve as a gathering space as well as a food production site. Refugees living in Worcester will utilize the bioshelter to grow crops to sell and supplement their incomes.

Keywords: Bioshelter, Refugee farmers, Urban Farming, Year Round Farming

Cataloged by: Patrick Barnosky/ B. J. Perkins

Internship Reports

Title: Internship Reports (Clark University, Department of International Development and Social Change)

Date: 2011 – 2013

Description: “Background on Food Security and Farmer’s Markets,” “Marketing Plan for the Main South Farmers Market at YMCA Family Park,” “Vendor Information Catalog: Biographies of Vendors and Crops Sold at the Markets: Beaver Brook Market, REC Main South Market,” “Working Literature Review of Refugee Education Interventions.”

Keywords: Education, Food Security, Farmer’s Market

Cataloged by: Patrick Barnosky / B.J. Perkins

Main South Promise Neighborhood Partnership [draft]

Title: Main South Promise Neighborhood Partnership [draft]

Date: 2010

Description: A proposal for the Main South neighborhood in Worcester to become a U.S. Department of Education “Promise Neighborhood.” The proposal details the demonstrated community and academic needs in the neighborhood, and plans to provide “cradle through college through career solutions” to improve educational outcomes, youth development and well-being, as well as revitalize the community. This plan includes school partnerships, innovation school development, youth engagement, student support programs, housing rehabilitation, built environment improvements. The proposal is presented by the United Way of Central Massachusetts, Clark University, Worcester Public Schools, the Main South Community Development Corporation, and the Worcester Education Collaborative, and includes community and youth involvement in planning.

Keywords: Promise Neighborhood, Education Partnerships, Youth Development, Community Revitalization

Cataloged by: Patrick Barnosky / B.J. Perkins

Material from student class projects, Department of International Development, Community and Environment, Clark University given to the Archive by Professor Anita Fabos

Title: Material from student class projects, Department of International Development, Community and Environment, Clark University given to the Archive by Professor Anita Fabos

Date: 2011 -2014

Description: 

ID 131 Local Action/ Global Change Spring 2011
Instructor : Professor Anita Fabos
Research Project A: Finding data on refugees in Worcester for the Main South Promise Neighborhood Initiative.
Research Project B: Assisting the Bhutanese community in Worcester to strengthen its capacity to solve its high priority needs.
ID 131 Local Action/ Global Change Spring 2012
Instructor : Professor Anita Fabos
Research Project : Assisting refugee youth in Worcester to access higher education
ID 131 Local Action/ Global Change Spring 2014
Instructor : Professor Anita Fabos
Research Project : Refugee Community Oral History Project in Worcester
ID 292/IDCE 30297 Displacement and Development in the Contemporary World Fall   2012
Instructor: Professor Anita Fabos
Research Project : Identify and analyze refugee livelihood strategies in Worcester
ID 292/IDCE 30297 Displacement and Development in the Contemporary World Spring 2014
Instructor : Professor Anita Fabos and Professor Marianne Sarkis
Research Project : Somali Bantu: Farming Project in Worcester                                                     The Albanian Story                      Vietnamese: Immigration to the US Liberians: Refugees and New Americans

Cataloged By: Selina Sikder / B.J. Perkins