Understanding the health beliefs and practices of East African refugees

Jennifer Simmelink, Elizabeth Lightfoot, Amano Dube, Jennifer Blevins, Terry Lum

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Objectives: To explore East African refugees' perceptions, ideas, and beliefs about health and health care, as well as the ways in which health information is shared within their communities. Methods: This study consisted of 2 focus groups with a total of 15 participants, including East African community leaders and health professionals. Results: East African refugees in the United States have strong cultural, religious, and traditional health practices that shape their health behavior and influence their interactions with Western health care systems. Conclusions: Health care providers who understand refugees' beliefs about health may achieve more compliance with refugee patients.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)155-161
Number of pages7
JournalAmerican journal of health behavior
Issue number2
StatePublished - Mar 2013
Externally publishedYes


  • East African refugees
  • Health behavior
  • Health beliefs
  • Health education

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health(social science)
  • Social Psychology
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health


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