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Community participatory research with Deaf Sign Language users to identify health inequities

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  • Barnett, S.
  • Klein, J.D.
  • Pollard Jr., R.Q.
  • Samar, V.
  • Schlehofer, D.
  • Starr, M.
  • Sutter, E.
  • Yang, H.
  • Pearson, T.A.

Abstract

Deaf people who use American Sign Language (ASL) are medically underserved and often excluded from health research and surveillance. We used a community participatory approach to develop and administer an ASL-accessible health survey. We identified deaf community strengths (e.g., a low prevalence of current smokers) and 3 glaring health inequities: obesity, partner violence, and suicide. This collaborative work represents the first time a deaf community has used its own data to identify health priorities.

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  • Barnett, S. & Klein, J.D. & Pollard Jr., R.Q. & Samar, V. & Schlehofer, D. & Starr, M. & Sutter, E. & Yang, H. & Pearson, T.A., 2011. "Community participatory research with Deaf Sign Language users to identify health inequities," American Journal of Public Health, American Public Health Association, vol. 101(12), pages 2235-2238.
  • Handle: RePEc:aph:ajpbhl:10.2105/ajph.2011.300247_0
    DOI: 10.2105/AJPH.2011.300247
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