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Table 2 Outcomes of health educational sessions

From: Collaborative health education for Somali Bantu refugee women in Kansas City

Session topica # of sessions Attendanceb Retentionc Findings
Family health 5 6.0 45.5 Interest in discussion of household hygiene
Oral hygiene 1 6.0 0 Shared personal narratives of traditional methods
Personal safety 4 6.5 45.5 Shared personal narratives of personal safety in their home country
Nutrition 13 5.8 63.6 Shared personal narratives of malnutrition
Vaccination 1 8.0 0 Lack of knowledge of vaccinations across the lifespan, other than childhood
Child safety 2 7.5 0 Unfamiliar with risks of leaving children unsupervised
Prenatal health 4 6.3 9.1 Reluctance about prenatal care
Body image/weight 3 4.6 0 Interested in discussion of health and weight
Diabetes 1 5.0 0 Lack of knowledge of non-gestational Diabetes
Obesity 2 4.5 0 Inability to select healthy from non-healthy foods
Sexually transmitted diseases 2 6.5 0 Culturally inappropriate for discussion before marriage
Sexual behavior 2 6.5 9.1 Culturally inappropriate for discussion before marriage
Mental health 2 5.5 0 Inconsistency between personal narrative and recognition of symptoms
  1. aTopics listed in chronological order of first presentation
  2. bThe mean number of women (n = 11) attending each of the session(s) for that topic
  3. cRetention by the women was measured by the total number of women that remembered the session topic, as a percentage of the total number of women. Pearson’s co-efficient (r) was used to determine correlations between two variables (the number of times a topic was presented and the number of women that retained the topic) to determine if retention of information presented during small group sessions was predictive of the frequency of topic presentation