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To learn more about medicine and health
Cultural Orientation Resource Center
EthnoMed
Global Health
Healing by Heart: Clinical and Ethical Case Stories of Hmong Families and Western Providers by Kathleen A. Culhane-Pera
Immigrant Medicine, ed. by Patricia Frye Walker & Elizabeth Day Barnett



Somali Bantu refugees in the United States often struggle to maintain a physically and mentally healthy lifestyle. According to the "healthy migrant effect," when refugees arrive in the United States, they are in many ways actually healthier than U.S.-born

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residents.

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However,

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the

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length

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of

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time

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that

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a

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refugee

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spends

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in

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the

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United

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States

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is

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directly

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related

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to

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increases

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in

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chronic

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health

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problems.

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In

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addition,

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due

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to

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years

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of

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witnessing

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and

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experiencing

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horrendous

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violence,

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many

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Somali

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Bantu

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refugees

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suffer

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from

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mental

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health

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problems

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such

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as

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depression

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and

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Post

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Traumatic

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Stress

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Disorder.

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While

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some

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health

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care

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providers

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in

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the

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United

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States

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work

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hard

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to

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accommodate

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cultural

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differences,

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they

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are

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often

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unsuccessful,

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because

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most

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lack

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the

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proper

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training

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to

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work

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with

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refugees,

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knowledge

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about

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traditional

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Somali

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Bantu

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medicine,

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and

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the

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resources

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needed

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to

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implement

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creative

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and

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helpful

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solutions.

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  Indeed,

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Western

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medicine

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alone

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has

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proven

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largely

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ineffective

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in

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helping

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Somali

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Bantus

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achieve

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emotional

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or

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physical

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wellbeing.

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Instead,

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when

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effectively

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and

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respectfully

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combined

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with

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Somali

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Bantu

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traditional

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medical

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techniques,

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health

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care

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providers

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have

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had

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much

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more

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success

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in

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helping

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Somali

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Bantus

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to

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live

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healthy

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and

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comfortable

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lives

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in

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the

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United

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States.                   

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