Tuberculosis in Nunavut: One Community's Initiative to Promote Awareness Through an Organized Community Health Fair

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Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10755/303959
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Full-text
Type:
Presentation
Title:
Tuberculosis in Nunavut: One Community's Initiative to Promote Awareness Through an Organized Community Health Fair
Author(s):
Carbonu, Dora Maria
Lead Author STTI Affiliation:
Rho Delta
Author Details:
Dora Maria Carbonu, EdD, MN, RN, afimawuko@hotmail.com
Abstract:

Session presented on: Thursday, July 25, 2013

Purpose: Tuberculosis (TB) is a major public health problem, with a profound impact on the health of the population of Nunavut, where the highest number of 101 new active cases, were documented in 2010, a population rate 62 times the Canadian average, and involved adolescents and young adults. About 50% of the recorded cases were located in the capital city, placing a high demand on all sectors to enhance public health measures.

Methods: 'Evidence from one community's efforts to promote TB awareness, with related health behaviors, attitudes, and life styles, suggested that stigmatization and mistrust were still prevalent. The Tuberculosis Program team, in consultation, coordination'and collaboration with local, regional, public- and private-sector groups, embarked on a Community Health Fair, held on April 13, 2012, utilizing a holistic approach to primary health care within the framework of 2012 World TB Day, Nutrition, Dental, School Health, Mental Health, Social Services, Traditional and Spiritual Health, and World Health Day. The event brought together one-third (500) of the community's population of all ages. Programs and activities encompassed assessment and screening, educational displays and presentations on comprehensive, integrated, and continuous health care services across the lifespan.

Results: This event succeeded in (a) rejuvenating and re-kindling community motivation and morale about public- and community health services, especially among school-aged adolescents, the youth, and elders; (b) promoting (i) voluntary attendance and participation in TB- and other health/wellness programs, (ii) parental commitment to Well-Baby-Immunization- and Pre-School Screening programs, and (iii) compliance with the Directly Observed Therapy (DOT) program.

Conclusion: The outcome of this community-driven health promotional/educational initiative has culminated into an anticipated annual health fair, supported by all sectors, with the goal to overcome stigmatization and prejudices about Tuberculosis and other related health issues, and to improve the quality of life of the people of this community.

Keywords:
Community Health Fair; Tuberculosis; Stigmatization
Repository Posting Date:
22-Oct-2013
Date of Publication:
22-Oct-2013 ; 22-Oct-2013
Conference Date:
2013
Conference Name:
24th International Nursing Research Congress
Conference Host:
Sigma Theta Tau International, the Honor Society of Nursing
Conference Location:
Prague, Czech Republic
Description:
24th International Nursing Research Congress Theme: Bridge the Gap Between Research and Practice Through Collaboration. Held at the Hilton Prague Hotel.

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dc.language.isoenen
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dc.typePresentationen
dc.titleTuberculosis in Nunavut: One Community's Initiative to Promote Awareness Through an Organized Community Health Fairen
dc.contributor.authorCarbonu, Dora Mariaen
dc.contributor.departmentRho Deltaen
dc.author.detailsDora Maria Carbonu, EdD, MN, RN, afimawuko@hotmail.comen
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10755/303959-
dc.description.abstract<p>Session presented on: Thursday, July 25, 2013</p><b>Purpose: </b>Tuberculosis (TB) is a major public health problem, with a profound impact on the health of the population of Nunavut, where the highest number of 101 new active cases, were documented in 2010, a population rate 62 times the Canadian average, and involved adolescents and young adults. About 50% of the recorded cases were located in the capital city, placing a high demand on all sectors to enhance public health measures. <p><b>Methods: </b>'Evidence from one community's efforts to promote TB awareness, with related health behaviors, attitudes, and life styles, suggested that stigmatization and mistrust were still prevalent. The Tuberculosis Program team, in consultation, coordination'and collaboration with local, regional, public- and private-sector groups, embarked on a Community Health Fair, held on April 13, 2012, utilizing a holistic approach to primary health care within the framework of 2012 World TB Day, Nutrition, Dental, School Health, Mental Health, Social Services, Traditional and Spiritual Health, and World Health Day. The event brought together one-third (500) of the community's population of all ages. Programs and activities encompassed assessment and screening, educational displays and presentations on comprehensive, integrated, and continuous health care services across the lifespan. <p><b>Results: </b>This event succeeded in (a) rejuvenating and re-kindling community motivation and morale about public- and community health services, especially among school-aged adolescents, the youth, and elders; (b) promoting (i) voluntary attendance and participation in TB- and other health/wellness programs, (ii) parental commitment to Well-Baby-Immunization- and Pre-School Screening programs, and (iii) compliance with the Directly Observed Therapy (DOT) program. <p><b>Conclusion: </b>The outcome of this community-driven health promotional/educational initiative has culminated into an anticipated annual health fair, supported by all sectors, with the goal to overcome stigmatization and prejudices about Tuberculosis and other related health issues, and to improve the quality of life of the people of this community.en
dc.subjectCommunity Health Fairen
dc.subjectTuberculosisen
dc.subjectStigmatizationen
dc.date.available2013-10-22T20:26:38Z-
dc.date.issued2013-10-22-
dc.date.issued2013-10-22en
dc.date.accessioned2013-10-22T20:26:38Z-
dc.conference.date2013en
dc.conference.name24th International Nursing Research Congressen
dc.conference.hostSigma Theta Tau International, the Honor Society of Nursingen
dc.conference.locationPrague, Czech Republicen
dc.description24th International Nursing Research Congress Theme: Bridge the Gap Between Research and Practice Through Collaboration. Held at the Hilton Prague Hotel.en
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