2011 Burmese Health Needs Survey Results

Thursday, 26 April 2012


The St. Joseph Community Health Foundation in partnership with HealthVisions of Fort Wayne and the Indiana Minority Health Coalition are released their results of a research survey on the health care experiences of Burmese community members. The survey, created by the Indiana Minority Health Coalition, was conducted by the Foundation in 2011 and included questions on experiences relating to language, cultural sensitivity and access to care, as well as perceived challenges and gaps in service related to both physical and mental health needs. Foundation staff and volunteers interviewed approximately 175 Burmese individuals; conducted focus groups from 3 different Burmese ethnic groups and one health care provider group; and interviewed 15 different community stakeholders which included ethnic leaders, health care professionals and other refugee service providers on the same topic(s).

Anita Ohmit, MPH from Indiana Minority Health Coalition at the St. Joseph Community Health Foundation, 347 W. Berry St. Ste. 101 released the results of the survey publicly on April 25 during presentations to various community leaders, decision makers and stakeholders.

The findings identified language and ability to navigate the American health care system as two of the major challenges. The information is already helpful to the Foundation which is using this information to improve its Health Navigation & Medical Interpretation Program which uses technology (secure video conferencing, mobile phones and faxes) to help over 800 non-English speaking Burmese effectively communicate with their health care providers at Parkview, the Fort Wayne Allen County Department of Health and numerous other health and wellness programs in the community.

For complete information on the survey results or how to utilize the Health Care Navigation Program, please contact the St. Joseph Community Health Foundation at 260-969-2004 or www.sjchf.org.