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Subject/Keyword
Vaccine Information
Community Driven Participatory Research
Information Gathering
Decision-Making
Community Based Participatory Research
Maternal and Child Health
Immigrant Health
Immunization
Risk Communication
Qualitative
Type of item
Thesis
Degree grantor
University of Alberta
Author or creator
Kowal, Stephanie P
Supervisor and department
Cindy Jardine (School of Public Health)
Tania Bubela (School of Public Health)
Examining committee member and department
Amy Kaler (Sociology)
Sherry Ann Chapman (Faculty of Extension)
Kate Storey (School of Public Health)
Department
Department of Public Health Sciences
Specialization
Global Health
Date accepted
2014-03-27T11:47:39Z
Graduation date
2014-06
Degree
Master of Science
Degree level
Master's
Abstract
I investigated how recent immigrant mothers access and use current vaccine risk communication in their immunization decisions for themselves and their children. To complete this research, I engaged in a community-driven participatory research partnership with the Multi-Cultural Health Brokers Cooperative, a local health service provider. I analyzed vaccine information access and use in two contexts: 1) qualitative interviews with mothers from Bhutanese refugee (n=5), Chinese (n=10), and South Asian (n=8) communities about their experiences with vaccination decision-making during pregnancy and after childbirth; and 2) an interview with representatives from the Multi-Cultural Health Brokers about their organizational perspectives on the topic as a vaccine information and health service provider for new-immigrant women. The findings present how women in the three communities currently access and use vaccine information in their immunization decision-making processes. Furthermore, I discuss lessons learned of impacts that participatory research can have on the outcomes of qualitative inquiry.
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English
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doi:10.7939/R3TX35D25
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