Vulnerable Populations in Nicaragua: Exploring Health Experiences of Creole Women in Bluefields

Mitchell, Emma McKim, School of Nursing, University of Virginia
Steeves, Richard, School of Nursing, University of Virginia
Parker, Barbara, School of Nursing, University of Virginia
Jones, Randy, School of Nursing, University of Virginia
Brown, Robert, Md-Psch Psychiatry and Nb Sciences, University of Virginia

Background: The Atlantic Coast of Nicaragua is characterized by geographic and ethnic diversity. Research on women's health in Nicaragua has focused on intimate partner violence and reproductive health issues, with the majority of research on the hegemonic Mestisa population. Little is known about the unique health experiences of women of ethnic minorities living on the Atlantic Coast of Nicaragua. The purpose of this study was therefore to describe health experiences of childbearing/childrearing aged Creole women in Bluefields, Nicaragua to increase understanding of disparities and inequities related to culture, gender and socioeconomic status. Design and Methods: Using ethnographic and photovoice research methods, the cultural context in which Creole women experiences health was explored in Bluefields Nicaragua. Twelve Creole women participants ranging in age from 18 – 45 participated in the photovoice portion of the study and, after focus groups discussing women's health issues, they photographed the health issues identified with disposable cameras. After photos were developed, participants described the meaning behind and reason for taking each photograph.

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