The start of a thesis project
Being born in one country and living there before coming to another means that that person brings with them an understanding of what healthcare is, what it means to be healthy, and what services that person may be used to or not used to. Self-health is an important issue in terms of when a person thinks it’s time to seek healthcare services and how important they perceive their own health needs to be. Language is another important point; languages do not always directly translate and can have different connotations when translated. Many cultures have their own cultural beliefs when it comes to illness and injury as well as home remedies to cure them. Immigrants who travel, according to research, are believed to be healthy since they can travel and thus are healthy enough to work and make a living. Also, research suggests that immigrants who travel to the U.S. often excel in education and go on to attain postgraduate degrees, which leads to a better socioeconomic status then their U.S. born counterparts. Lastly, another issue that may differ in immigrants is healthcare comprehension, meaning how well a person understands what they need, what is available to them, how to obtain healthcare coverage, how to use the services available to them and so on.
Growing up in another cultural value system can affect all of these things; my thesis aims to focus on this. I will be comparing African-born populations to their U.S.-born counterparts in terms of how they may differ in use and comprehension of healthcare services here in Georgia. I will be proposing a sort of policy prescription based on my findings and I hope to devise something that I believe is a solution or starting point to help level the healthcare field for African-born populations.