Children in French-Speaking Africa Immigrant Families: Assessing Health Disparities, Cultural Resources, and Health Services
Research on African Americans in the United States assumes a native population and greater cultural homogeneity than exists. African immigrants, especially those with limited English proficiency, seem to be an invisible minority in research initiatives. We chose to study African immigrants because it is necessary to understand the cultural resources and practices of this population if public policies and programs are to address effectively the problem of health dis parities. The present paper reports on a pilot study that focuses on the health and nutrition of children in French-speaking African immigrant families. We explored children's health implications of nutrition, parents' concern with health issues, social networks, and pat terns of health service utilization.