Vulnerability, Risk Perception, and Health Profile of Marginalized People Exposed to Multiple Built-Environment Stressors in Worcester, Massachusetts: A Pilot Project

Title: Vulnerability, Risk Perception, and Health Profile of Marginalized People Exposed to Multiple Built-Environment Stressors in Worcester, Massachusetts: A Pilot Project

Author: Downs, Timothy J., Ross, L. Goble, R. Subedi, R. Greenberg, S. and Taylor, O.

Publication: Risk Analysis 31(4): 609-628

Date: 2011

Description: This article presents research on the vulnerability of the population of the Main South and Piedmont neighborhoods of Worcester, Massachusetts to various health impacts of built environment stressors. The stressors identified were: pollution stressors, physical environment stressors, social stressors and economic stressors. The results of this research were based on 80 surveys designed and conducted in partnership with local organizations. Social stressors followed by physical stressors were perceived to have the highest impact by survey participants, including psychosocial stressors of crime, violence and drug use in their communities. These neighborhoods include many recent refugees and immigrants, and the authors indicate that marginalized populations are especially vulnerable to external stressors.

Keywords: Built environment, disease burden, health disparities, marginalization, risk perception, vulnerability, health

Cataloged By: Patrick Barnosky / B.J. Perkins

The Latino Mental Health Project: A Local Mental Health Needs Assessment

Title: The Latino Mental Health Project: A Local Mental Health Needs Assessment

Author: Esteban V. Cardemil, Sara T. Adams, Joanne L. Calista, Joy Connell, José Encarnación, Nancy K. Esparza, Jeanne Frohock, Ellen Hicks, Saeromi Kim, Gerald Kokernak, Michael McGrenra, Ray Mestre, Maria Pérez, Tatiana M. Pinedo, Rosemary Quagan, Christina Rivera, Patsy Taucer, and Ed Wang

Publication: Administration and Policy in Mental Health. Vol. 34, No. 4: 331–341

Date: 2007

Description:  This article presents the results of a mental health needs assessment of Latinos in Worcester, Massachusetts, which was a conducted in collaboration with the Massachusetts Department of Mental Health and several health and education organizations. This study is based on 166 interviews with Latinos living in Worcester, which demonstrated high rates of mental health related problems, including many “culture-bound syndromes” and low rates of access to mental health services, especially for anxiety, depression and PTSD. Barriers to accessing mental health services included instrumental barriers, attitudinal barriers and language/cultural barriers. The Latino community is comprised of a high percentage of new or recent immigrants, which have been shown in other research to be especially vulnerable to mental health problems and have limited access to mental health services.

Keywords: Needs assessment; Latinos; Service utilization; Barriers; Mental Health

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

Psychosocial needs assessment of refugee family health in Worcester, Massachusetts

Title: Psychosocial needs assessment of refugee family health in Worcester, Massachusetts

Author: Prepared by Meg Barritt and Ben Stephens for Lutheran Community Services of Massachusetts, International Services Program in Worcester, MA

Description:  A report to the Health Foundation of Central Massachusetts

Keywords: Psychosocial needs assessment, family health

Cataloged By: Selina Sikder / B.J. Perkins

Clark University is sharing Worcester’s world

Title: Clark University is sharing Worcester’s world

Author: Gowdey- Backus, Emily

Publication: The Pulse Magazine

Date: February 2, 2016

Description:  An article discussing a study, “Shared Worlds”, designed by Clark University Associate Professor Anita Fabos (IDCE) examining the relationship between U.S. and foreign-born residents in Worcester.

http://thepulsemag.com/wordpress/2016/02/clark-university-is-sharing-worcesters-world

Cataloged By: Selina Sikder / B.J. Perkins

Clark University news articles

Title: Clark University news articles

Date: 2010 – current

Description:  Articles highlighting Clark’s engagement with refugees and refugee issues in Worcester

1)  Clark students to help refugees in Worcester start businesses, January 28, 2010

http://www.clarku.edu/article/clark-students-help-refugees-worcester-start-businesses

2) ‘Namaste!’ Clark IDCE assists Bhutanese refugees in N.H. , May 6, 2010

http://www.clarku.edu/article/namaste-clark-idce-assists-bhutanese-refugees-nh

3) Alumna’s “Checkered Floors” to make Clark debut next week, September 6, 2011

http://www.clarku.edu/article/alumnas-checkered-floors-make-clark-debut-next-week

4)  Refugee Testimonies Workshop at Clark: Teaching techniques, value of ‘witnessing’, November 24, 2014.

http://www.clarku.edu/article/refugee-testimonies-workshop-clark-teaching-techniques-value-witnessing

5) Program Helps Refugees Bridge a World of Difference. August 2, 2016.

https://www.clarku.edu/articles/program-helps-refugees-bridge-world-difference

6) How well do new immigrants navigate the first year of high school: Professor lands national fellowship to study academic literacy of newly arrived English language learners in Worcester. July 27, 2016.

https://www.clarku.edu/articles/how-well-do-new-immigrants-navigate-first-year-high-school

Cataloged By: Selina Sikder / B.J. Perkins

 

Understanding and addressing the legal needs of refugees

Title: Understanding and addressing the legal needs of refugees

Author: Haley, Heather-Lyn and Zolezzi-Wyndham, Valerie

Date: 2014

Description: 2014 UMass Center for Clinical and Transnational Service Research Retreat Presentation.

http://escholarship.umassmed.edu/cts_retreat/2014/presentations/9

Keywords: legal services, legal needs

Cataloged by: Selina Sikder/ B.J. Perkins

Refugee Background material

The Jeanne X. Kasperson Research Library collection contains a wealth of resources on refugees and forced migration beyond the scope of the Worcester Refugee Archive including books, reports, other documents and journal articles. Our catalogued collection is searchable through the Clark University online catalog. The Kasperson Library also maintains an internal database of grey literature (unpublished documents) that can be accessed at the library as well as a number of databoxes that contain information on refugee groups and topics including women, education, health and more. The library staff is always available and happy to assist you with any of your research needs.