Women's Health Screening and Mapped Community Resources for Refugees Resettled in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
- Journal of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved
- Johns Hopkins University Press
- Volume 31, Number 2, May 2020
- pp. 958-972
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Background. About 22,000 refugee women are resettled in the U.S. annually. Women's health screenings for breast and cervical cancer and reproductive health should be examined within the context of the built environment where refugees are resettled. Purpose. 1) Analyze the proportion of resettled refugees who had women's health screenings and 2) map the available refugee, health, and social services organizations compared with the ZIP codes where refugees were resettled. Methods. Two clinical sites in Philadelphia conducted a retrospective chart review (N = 914). Community organizations were mapped. Results. Within age guidelines, 460 (59%) women had a cervical cancer screening, 95 (63%) had a breast cancer screening, 296 (51%) were currently using contraception, and 118 (13%) became pregnant. Most community organizations were not located within ZIP codes where refugees resettled. Discussion: There is a need for increased resources—which could increase women's screening rates—within a broader area of Philadelphia.