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Structural and Individualistic Determinants of Access to Healthcare Services: A Case Study of Somali and Sudanese Immigrants and Refugees in Duluth Minnesota

According to the 2010 U.S. Census, Somali and Sudanese immigrants and refugees who initially settle in the Twin Cities continue to engage in secondary migration by moving their families to northern Minnesota. The region experienced a 27% increase in new settlements of immigrant refugee families from the Twin Cities between 2000 and 2010. In this study, faculty member John Arthur (Department of Anthropology and Sociology, UMD) will analyze the healthcare sector in the Duluth area to (1) investigate the normative, cultural, religious, and economic factors that impede access to healthcare services among Somalis and Sudanese; (2) identify the organizational and institutional/structural context within which these impediments are found; and (3) develop social policies and conduct reviews in conjunction with Duluth-area hospitals, clinics, and stakeholders about how to ameliorate these impediments. The project will develop policy outcomes and protocols to streamline access to healthcare services for Somali and Sudanese residents.

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Edward Goetz Director, CURA (612) 624-8737