African Summit Addresses Preventive Care & Overcoming Barriers
Refugees and immigrants face many hurdles to accessing healthcare. Many first generation immigrants ad refugees tend to recreate the way of life that existed back in their home countries. For most Africans, that means that seeing the doctor only when we get sick, use of traditional herbs and medications, and praying and hoping for faith healing. Besides these, many mental health issues are rooted in the stress associated with cultural adjustment, lack of legal status, fear of losing status, difficulty finding work-life balance, and dealing with past traumas.
The Healthcare Panel at the 8th Chicago African Summit & Resource Fair features discussions on best practices for maintaining good health, preventive care, and steps that you can take to improve your health. Additional discussions will be around barriers to accessing health services and tools to overcome these obstacles. Free Hepatitis B and other health screenings will be available following the panel discussion.
Other panel discussions at the summit will be on refugee & immigration policy advocacy, community engagement, and US-Africa Policy. Additionally, the summit will include a Community Resource Fair that provides information about employment, immigration, legal services, housing, health screenings and other resources for participants.
Saturday, May 31, 2014
Illinois Institute of Technology
10 West 35th Street
Chicago, IL 60616