Abstract

Abstract:

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.

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Additional Information

ISSN
1548-6869
Print ISSN
1049-2089
Pages
pp. 958-972
Launched on MUSE
2020-06-05
Open Access
No
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