Cultural Health Education Resources

Research has shown that individuals with the most complex health needs are often the same individuals with the lowest ability to navigate and comprehend the healthcare programs and services they need . The challenges of navigating even the most basic aspects of the U.S. healthcare service have been identified in San Diego among immigrant and refugee communities. However, there are few translated materials available and health literacy remains a concern even when information has been translated.

Therefore, in the health video project we identified and reviewed existing resources using video technology to convey health information to the Somali and other immigrant and refugee communities in the United States.  Academic and public databases and websites were queried to identify any cancer-specific health programs developed for the Somali community, followed by examination of programs and materials developed for other immigrant and non-native English speaking populations. Based on this systematic review, we aim to further advance video technologies to reach low literate and less acculturated East African and other refugee community members in a cost-effective manner. The long-term goal is to increase cancer screening compliance among these under served communities. 

Here, we list several sites that were identified of existing video programs targeting refugee communities.

 Echo Minnesota, has videos in a number of languages, including Somali, Vietnamese, Hmong, and Lao

BRYCS   (Bridging Refugee Youth and Children's Services), has links to a variety of resources in Arabic, Burmese, Karen, Nepali, Somali, and Spanish

The Ethnomed website provides links to a wide range of resources and links to other websites with additional materials for immigrant and refugee communities

 Wellshare International  provides videos largely in Somali

The initial work in this area was sponsored by the U54 Cancer Center Comprehensive Partnership pilot grant mechanism.