From research of Michigan university, it was seen that the optimal health consciousness and barriers and may include serious concerns like transportation difficulties, food vulnerability, and fear of removal. These are creating meaningful restrictions to optimal health for the MENA community.
The Optimal Health Cautions May Disrupt The Lives Of Michigan’s Middle Eastern And North African Population
For years, southeast Michigan’s Middle Eastern and North African communities have always been feeling that they might be deported or be treated unfairly. It may include more health and financial issues that a regular person faces. This community has raised a question about their mental health as well because of these issues.
This new study was conducted by the University of Michigan Rogel Cancer Center, the University of Michigan School of Public Health, and the Arab Community Center for Economic and Social Services. Minal R. Patel, Ph.D., M.P.H., an associate professor of health behavior and health education at the U-M School of Public Health and a member of the Rogel Cancer Center explains that there are many health and mental concerns are there within the MENA community that has been growing since ages. It should be minimized and their lives must be better as well.
About 210,000 inhabitants were hailing from Lebanon, Egypt, Syria, Iraq, Yemen, and other Arab countries, and because of this huge number, they were taken under high consideration.
There were surveys done previously as well. That survey showed that the health disparities that the MENA population faces are quite comparable to what Michigan’s African-American and Hispanic groups encounter. But this time the research was more extensive.
The study took place in distributed community venues that included grocery stores, mosques, and health care clinics. About 400 MENA people took part in the research. Among them, more than 60% have claimed that they had experienced discrimination. More than half of the people did not even believe that the government is trying to help the Arab-Americans. All of them were concerned about poor health, such as food vulnerability.
The people who were not born in the United States, which was almost 58% of the study’s sample; who are living in America for fewer years; who articulated Arabic at home; even those who were from Egypt, Syria, or Yemen raised a positive concern about their insecurities.
There have been previous studies including Latino immigrants who showed similar concerns. This is why this time they took MENA people into the research group.
There are many risk factors that concern the optimal health issues in those people. There are transportation issues for health care appointments, food insecurity, and financial anxiety etc happened to be the most common. These were further taken with unemployment and unstable housing.
In the conclusion, the research showed that these concerns lead the community to more chronic conditions, including cancer, diabetes, high blood pressure, depression, and heart conditions. The people who took part were visibly not in a proper health condition. The survey took place in 2019 and it is a continuous process since then.