LUTHERAN HEALTHCARE CONDUCTS ARAB-AMERICAN HEALTH ASSESSMENT
Tuesday, November 25, 2008
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
LUTHERAN HEALTHCARE ANNOUNCES ARAB-AMERICAN HEALTH ASSESSMENT
Study is the area's first survey of Arab-American health needs
November 25, 2008, Brooklyn, New York
Lutheran HealthCare is proud to announce the area's first-ever "health status and needs" survey of southwest Brooklyn's Arab-American community. With support from New York City Council members Vincent J. Gentile and Domenic M. Recchia, and the Arab American Association of New York, the survey included Sunset Park, Bay Ridge, Dyker Heights and Bensonhurst; neighborhoods that are home to the largest Arab-American populations in New York City.
The surveys were completed in April and May of 2008 at places of worship, local businesses, street corners, parks, area events and at service-based agencies in Bay Ridge, Sunset Park, Dyker Heights and Bensonhurst. The surveyors conducting the study were recruited from a wide range of areas including schools, faith based institutions and community centers. Arab immigrants, college students, staff of the Arab American Association of New York, Arab Christians and Arab Muslims were among the diverse surveyors.
In addition to demographic information such as the age, sex, education and incomes of the households, the survey examined the health status of the respondents, disparities in health and health care and the possible barriers to care including access to health insurance, language and availability of health care providers. The results of the survey will be analyzed further but the preliminary findings have already been helpful in providing direction for future health care programs. Of the 195 women and 147 men surveyed, nearly a third (29%) were uninsured, and while a majority use private physicians for their care (51%), some (14%) use Lutheran Medical Center's emergency room for their health care.
Lutheran HealthCare and its affiliates are nationally recognized as leaders in cultural competence. The medical system's commitment to culturally sensitive care represents an unparalleled understanding of ethnic, cultural and religious standards and observances that provide patients with the comfort needed for healing and recovery. Acknowledging Brooklyn's diversity, Lutheran has integrated cultural competency with superior health care by being one of the first to provide Islamic prayer rooms and mosques, directional signage in English, Spanish, Chinese, Arabic, and Russian, multilingual patient representatives, and appropriate menu options for Latino, Chinese, Muslim and Jewish patients.
As Brooklyn's premier heath care network, Lutheran HealthCare (LHC) is a comprehensive medical and social support system committed to providing services for the whole person -- physically, emotionally and spiritually. The LHC system of community health providers includes Lutheran Medical Center, the Lutheran Family Health Centers, Lutheran Augustana Center for Extended Care and Rehabilitation, Community Care Organization, Inc, Health Plus, senior housing programs and more. Learn about LHC and its 125-year-old commitment to serving Brooklyn neighborhoods by visiting www.LutheranMedicalCenter.com.
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