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Abstract and Research Question

Research Question: What are the pregnancy practices of Ghanaian immigrant women in Worcester, Massachusetts?

Abstract: Research was conducted to determine if there is a common point of causality for the unusually high infant mortality rate for pregnant Ghanaian immigrant women living in Worcester. The research was conducted through observation in the Lighthouse Chapel, as well as field notes. Consequently, a focus group, two structured interviews, one formal interview, and one survey was conducted. The collected information showed accessibility to health care is not an issue. However, many of the participants experienced racism towards them during clinical encounters. Most, if not all, of the participants discussed experiencing high amount of stress with a lack of social support during their pregnancies.

Did the research upon which this submission is based involve human subjects/participants?


If yes, did the research receive Institutional Review Board (IRB) approval?


Was the work submitted part of a class?

IDCE 30285

When did the project/research take place?

Spring 2012

Document Type

Poster Presentation