Health for All: Improve Health Access for Congolese Refugees
Across the globe, women and children face barriers to the use of health services. Even here in Iowa, obstacles such as transportation, language, cultural differences, and confusion with a complex health system may prevent some members of our community from accessing essential services. Over the past few years the war and devastation in the Democratic Republic of Congo has caused many families to seek refuge here in Johnson County, with 239 refugees settling here in the last year alone. With fifteen years of experience in developing community-based interventions in Africa and Asia, Dr. Will Story—assistant professor in the University of Iowa (UI) College of Public Health—will be working with his team to improve access to existing health services for women and children in Johnson County’s Congolese community. Dr. Story will work closely with Dr. Denise Martinez—a family physician at the University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine—to ensure health care providers are delivering culturally competent care and that patients understand the health care system and trust the providers within that system. Drs. Story and Martinez will partner with Zadok Nampala as well as a local community-based organization—IC Compassion—to engage the Congolese community and better understand their health needs.
With the funds raised from this campaign, our team will be able to define and overcome barriers faced by expecting Congolese mothers settling into their new lives in Johnson County. We will work alongside the Congolese community and health care providers to address these barriers in a culturally appropriate way.
With your donations we will be able to:
- Help improve patient-provider relationships by educating health care providers on the unique needs of Congolese mothers and families.
- Increase access to health services and health information by meeting with Congolese men and women to help them navigate the health system and create a birth plan.
- Improve the health of Congolese mothers and children in Johnson County. Without your donations, the health care needs of Congolese refugees will continue to be overlooked.
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