By Sally Findley, Sergio Matos
Immigrants residing in US towns face myriad hindrances to gaining access to caliber future health care. This inequitable entry to care is compounded via the danger of continual illness accompanying the strain, pressure, and way of life adjustments which can include existence in a brand new kingdom.
Bridging the Gap info the position, classes, and effectiveness of neighborhood medical examiners (CHWs) in bringing healthiness care to underserved immigrant groups. Combining schooling, advocacy, and native cultural acumen, CHWs have confirmed winning within the usa and out of the country, bettering group well-being and setting up a proof base for a way CHW courses can paintings for immigrants.
Based on a decade of in-depth reviews from a number of immigrant overall healthiness courses in ny urban with complementary interviews with dozens of immigrants and CHWs, Bridging the Gap bargains insights into how CHWs aid immigrants triumph over the hindrances to health and wellbeing care. The authors rigorously distill first-hand classes into concepts for top practices in constructing and using potent CHW programs--insights that would be instantly helpful to any group workforce, municipal business enterprise, or future health care association.
Bridging the Gap presents a possible antidote to the possible intractable difficulties confronted by way of towns all around the pursuit of conserving and maximizing immigrant healthiness. it's a highly priceless access in burgeoning box that might be significant to the following century of city public wellbeing and fitness.
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I want my children to continue their studies and become successful professionals but also to retain their nationality and language. Even for those lucky enough to have many family members upon whom to call for help, life is not easy, and each immigrant must make his or her own way. As they forge their own life, they are rightfully proud of what they are able to achieve, through sheer grit. Thus, when they are not able to do all that they dream of, it is discouraging to ask for help. They are embarrassed to seek public assistance, even though they know they are entitled to it, as the story of another Dominican immigrant reflects.
I met an American, fell in love, and we got married. At that time, if you married an American or someone with papers, you could get a permit to work after 3 months of marriage. So, I eventually got a permit to work, and then I found a job at a restaurant. I started as a waitress. I still didn’t speak English, but I had learned the menu by memory, and I knew the words for the items on the menu. If customers wanted something different and used the word “instead,” I did not understand, so I had to go to the kitchen to “check if it was OK,” and then find out what the person requested in English from the kitchen staff, who translated the English “instead” words back into Spanish.
So, I eventually got a permit to work, and then I found a job at a restaurant. I started as a waitress. I still didn’t speak English, but I had learned the menu by memory, and I knew the words for the items on the menu. If customers wanted something different and used the word “instead,” I did not understand, so I had to go to the kitchen to “check if it was OK,” and then find out what the person requested in English from the kitchen staff, who translated the English “instead” words back into Spanish.
Bridging the Gap: How Community Health Workers Promote the Health of Immigrants by Sally Findley, Sergio Matos