Honoring the Role of Community in Community Health Work with Cambodian Americans
Lu, Jack J.
D’Angelo, Karen A.
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Despite surviving extreme forms of violence, torture, and other traumas during the Khmer Rouge genocide and forced migration, Cambodian Americans experience devastating health inequities and barriers to health access in the United States (U.S.). From the perspective of Cambodian American community health workers (CHWs), we explored three aims in this community-based participatory research (CBPR), qualitative study: Cambodian Americans’ understanding of health, community health work strategies that improve health access of Cambodian Americans, and action steps that improve health access for Cambodian Americans. From 2014 to 2016, our two-phased study spanned seven U.S. states, which included a focus group (n=5) and 16 semi-structured interviews. Participants identified an indigenous concept of health, and micro-level (e.g., service navigation, peer education) and mezzo-level interventions (e.g., community building, coalition work) to improve health access. Finally, Khmer Health Advocates, a community-based health advocacy organization, served as a vital study partner in this CBPR study.
CitationLu, J. J., D'Angelo, K. A., Kuoch, T., & Scully, M. (2018). Honouring the role of community in community health work with Cambodian Americans. Health & Social Care in the Community, 26(6), 882-890. doi:10.1111/hsc.12612
SubjectCommunity health work
Public health social work
Community-based participatory research