Project Title

The Extent Negative Racial Microagressions have on Minorities’ Ability to Seek Care on Sensitive Topics Such as Reproductive Health.

Academic department under which the project should be listed

WCHHS - Health Promotion and Physical Education

Faculty Sponsor Name

Afekwo Ukuku

Additional Faculty

Kevin Gittner, Biostatistics and Epidemiology, Kgittner@kennesaw.edu

Abstract (300 words maximum)

It is seen that racial microaggression affect minorities significantly in the aspects of health care seeking. Current research sheds a light upon the ethical mistreatment of minority groups in the United States, and how the compilation of historical and contemporary events act as determining factors; influencing their desire to seek primary care pertaining to their reproductive health. This perception of care that minority patients receive is lowered if they believe that their care is being influenced by factors such as race-based mistreatment, a dissociation of race, discrimination, or colorism. The research gathered throughout this study aims to identify whether there is a potential relationship between the influence of racial microaggressions on health care seeking habits. This study emphasizes topics pertaining to minority individuals seeking reproductive health care as a response to the increasing disparities among minority populations. According to contemporary research, African Americans and Latinos were more likely to report facing discrimination while attending wellness visits, which impedes their chances of receiving equitable care. Data was gathered through a self-reported questionnaire that Kennesaw State University students could respond to. This self- reported questionnaire’s questions came from reputable scales such as the racial microaggressions in medicals practice, medical health seeking, and the discrimination in medical settings. The findings compiled following our data analysis may assist in emphasizing the potential need for cultural and racial sensitivity. There is a need for integration of cultural and racial sensitivity training at all levels of clinical staff members that interact with patients during their treatment process. After gathering amble research, it is believed that experiencing racial microaggressions in the health care setting, negatively influence minority reproductive health care seeking.

Project Type

Poster

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Yes, in person

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The Extent Negative Racial Microagressions have on Minorities’ Ability to Seek Care on Sensitive Topics Such as Reproductive Health.

It is seen that racial microaggression affect minorities significantly in the aspects of health care seeking. Current research sheds a light upon the ethical mistreatment of minority groups in the United States, and how the compilation of historical and contemporary events act as determining factors; influencing their desire to seek primary care pertaining to their reproductive health. This perception of care that minority patients receive is lowered if they believe that their care is being influenced by factors such as race-based mistreatment, a dissociation of race, discrimination, or colorism. The research gathered throughout this study aims to identify whether there is a potential relationship between the influence of racial microaggressions on health care seeking habits. This study emphasizes topics pertaining to minority individuals seeking reproductive health care as a response to the increasing disparities among minority populations. According to contemporary research, African Americans and Latinos were more likely to report facing discrimination while attending wellness visits, which impedes their chances of receiving equitable care. Data was gathered through a self-reported questionnaire that Kennesaw State University students could respond to. This self- reported questionnaire’s questions came from reputable scales such as the racial microaggressions in medicals practice, medical health seeking, and the discrimination in medical settings. The findings compiled following our data analysis may assist in emphasizing the potential need for cultural and racial sensitivity. There is a need for integration of cultural and racial sensitivity training at all levels of clinical staff members that interact with patients during their treatment process. After gathering amble research, it is believed that experiencing racial microaggressions in the health care setting, negatively influence minority reproductive health care seeking.

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