Acculturation and Unmet Health Needs Among Refugees in Omaha, Nebraska

Dejun Su, Hongmei Wang, Tzeyu Michaud, Drissa Toure, Kandy Do, Hyo Jung Tak

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This study assessed the association between acculturation and unmet health needs among refugees. Based on data from the Refugee Health Needs Assessment Survey (n = 291) recently conducted in Omaha, Nebraska, Chi square tests and multivariate logistic regressions were estimated to examine how acculturation among refugees was related to their unmet health needs. Relative to refugees who had been in the U.S. for less than 3 years, refugees who had been in the U.S. for 3–5 years were more likely to report lack of health insurance coverage (AOR 2.87, 95% CI 1.19, 6.92) and delaying to see a health care provider due to cost during the 12 months prior to the survey (AOR 4.01, 95% CI 1.18, 13.67). Acculturation among refugees did not necessarily alleviate their unmet health needs. Addressing these needs calls for sustainable medical assistance to refugees that well go beyond the 8-month health insurance coverage currently provided to newly arrived refugees.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)73-79
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Immigrant and Minority Health
Issue number1
StatePublished - Feb 15 2019
Externally publishedYes

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  • Acculturation
  • Health care access
  • Refugee
  • Unmet health needs


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