Title: “If I was a bird I would gather up my children and fly far from here”: The lived experiences, information needs, and information seeking behavior of resettled refugees from the Central African Republic in two communities in the United States
Author: Bowden, Natalia
Description: Poster from Project Welcome Summit, Chicago, IL, 2017. Includes data from interviews with refugees from CAR living in Worcester, MA and Clarkson, GA regarding information needs and challenges.
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.
Title: The Role of English Language Proficiency in the Process of Refugee Integration in Worcester
Author: Marianne Sarkis, Abubakar Gusau, Moudwe Diggs, Prayas Pun
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.
Keywords: English Proficiency, Refugee Resettlement
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.
Title: Ghanaian Women’s Reproductive Health Worcester
Author: Marianne Sarkis, Brian Arsenault, Veronica Llanes, Allegra Marra and Surya Ry
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.
Keywords: Reproductive Health, Prenatal Health Care, Ghanaian
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.
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.
Title: Vicarious traumatization and vicarious resilience: an exploration of therapists’ experiences conducting individual therapy of refugee clients: a project based upon an investigation at Family Health Center of Worcester, Massachusetts
Author: Megan C. Walsh
Description: Master’s Thesis, Smith College School for Social Work. This qualitative research project focuses on the experience of vicarious trauma and resilience among therapists with refugee clients. The author finds through interviews that therapists with refugee clients are often affected emotionally by their client’s reports of trauma, and that they successfully employ coping mechanisms. These findings support other research that therapists may experience vicarious trauma and resilience.
Description: The Massachusetts Refugee School Impact Program, administered by the Massachusetts Office for Refugees and Immigrants, is a program to create partnerships between schools and organizations serving refugees, in order to assist refugee children adjust successfully to their schools and communities.