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7 Nationalities: Somalia (23); DRC (15); Sudan (7); 4 Others (9) N=54 ... SUD more; SOM less; DRC mixed ... Age 0-5 years: 1.08 children (DRC: 0.8; SOM: 1.52) ... – PowerPoint PPT presentation

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Title: Association of Africans Living in Vermont Vermont State Refugee Coordinator


1
Association of Africans Living in Vermont /
Vermont State Refugee Coordinator Needs
Assessment Results RISP-Net Presentation
20 October 2005
George J. Wright 10-20-2005
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George J. Wright 10-20-2005
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Study Purpose
  • To discover the transitional concerns of
    Vermonts resettled African communities, as
    identified by them

Use Data for AALV grant proposals Use Data for
social service program planning
George J. Wright 10-20-2005
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Methodology
  • Influencing academic work Valtonen 2004 Zetter
    et al 2002 Jacobsen Landau 2003
  • Randomized sampling (next slide)
  • Survey-based interviews
  • In own language, translated by trained
    interviewer
  • Quantitative, codable, measurable data
  • Data entry Excel Data analysis SPSS

George J. Wright 10-20-2005
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Sampling
  • Identifying the universe by nationality and
    date of arrival in U.S.
  • Original design vs. actual
  • Focus on households vs. individuals for many
    questions

George J. Wright 10-20-2005
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Sample Characteristics
  • 7 Nationalities Somalia (23) DRC (15) Sudan
    (7) 4 Others (9) N54
  • Average length from Date of Arrival 1.82 years
    (July/August 2003) Span 99-05
  • All adults gender not recorded
  • 3 secondary migrants
  • Residence Burlington (34) Winooski (13) South
    Burlington (4) Colchester (2) Montpelier/Barre
    (1)

George J. Wright 10-20-2005
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KEY FINDINGS
George J. Wright 10-20-2005
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Importance of Concern
George J. Wright 10-20-2005
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Self-Perceived English Ability
ENGLISH ABILITY
  • SUD more SOM less DRC mixed
  • Individuals with less English were more likely
    to request an interpreter Good
  • 61 of individuals would take more English
    classes if offered

George J. Wright 10-20-2005
10
Income and Basic Needs
HOURLY WAGE
MONEY ENOUGH TO SUPPORT FAMILY?
George J. Wright 10-20-2005
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Income and Basic Needs
WORRY ABOUT BASIC NEEDS
George J. Wright 10-20-2005
12
Housing
George J. Wright 10-20-2005
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Housing
  • Large Families
  • Age 0-5 years 1.08 children (DRC 0.8 SOM
    1.52)
  • Age 6-17 years 1.68 children (DRC 1.24 SOM
    2.35)
  • No individuals in households gt65 years

George J. Wright 10-20-2005
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Housing
  • 68.5 of all households are 2 or 3 BR apartments
  • Only 35 of households live in publicly managed
    housing units (does not include Section 8
    vouchers)

RENT AMOUNT PER MONTH
George J. Wright 10-20-2005
15
Education
  • Nearly 60 of individuals surveyed are pursuing
    adult education (presumably including English
    language classes)
  • 64 of households have children in school
  • 34 of 36 individuals said they would contact
    their childs school if they needed to

George J. Wright 10-20-2005
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Healthcare
HEALTHCARE COVERAGE
DENTAL COVERAGE
George J. Wright 10-20-2005
17
Healthcare
UNDERSTAND AMERICAN HEALTHCARE SYSTEM
UNDERSTAND ONES OWN COVERAGE
George J. Wright 10-20-2005
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Healthcare
  • 87 of participants were satisfied with their
    doctor and hospital visits

George J. Wright 10-20-2005
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Point-of-Service
  • What organizations do you receive assistance
    from? (some answered more than one)
  • VRRP 35
  • DHHS 35
  • DET 4
  • No service providers 28
  • DRC generally remarked no providers

George J. Wright 10-20-2005
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Point-of-Service
HAS THIS ASSISTANCE BEEN HELPFUL?
George J. Wright 10-20-2005
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Conclusions
  • African population in Vermont is generally very
    young, newly arrived, and growing
  • Families are large and in need of assistance
  • Functional as opposed to social transitional
    issues are of greatest concern to participants
    (e.g. employment, healthcare, housing vs.
    orientation to American society)
  • Surprisingly few mainstream organizations were
    identified as service providers

George J. Wright 10-20-2005
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Conclusions
  • Family sizes will likely continue to financially
    dog households if upward income mobility is not
    realized self-sufficiency is in question
  • More accommodating culturally and linguistically
    appropriate services, paired with greater
    education of mainstream organizations should
    improve utilization of services

George J. Wright 10-20-2005
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