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What Are the Lifestyle Factors Related to Chronic Illness Among the Fiji Indian Community Living in California
by Chand, Nirshila, M.P.H., California State University, Northridge, 2011, 123; 28313894
Abstract (Summary)

Fiji Indian's are a unique population from the Fiji Islands whose history stems from colonial India. Indian immigrants were brought to Fiji as indentured laborers. The influx of immigration among Fiji Indians to America over the past 40 years has shown a rise of the Fiji Indian community living among the west coast states of the United States. Fiji Indians living in California are facing an unprecedented rise in chronic illnesses. The purpose of this project is to examine the lifestyle factors that are related to chronic illness among the Fiji Indian community living in America. This project adopted instruments by using the California Health Interview Survey (CHIS) and The Behavioral Risk Factors Surveillance System (BRFSS, CDC), and quick intercepts Key Informant interviews. Approximately 100 men and women completed the 30 questionnaire survey provided in Hindi and English. Participants were approached at the Fiji Festival 2010 event held in Hayward, California. The high rise of diabetes, cardiovascular disease, alcohol, and tobacco use persists in the Fiji Indian community. These are related to life stressors of common immigrant experiences such as acculturation, experiencing financial hardships, living in unsafe neighborhoods, lack of health insurances and resources, and family problems. The findings indicate health promotion and education must be supported for the unprecedented experiences of the Fiji Indian community in a culturally appropriate manner.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Ebin, Vicki J.
Commitee: Madjzoob, Gretta, Kagawa-Singer, Marjorie
School: California State University, Northridge
Department: Public Health
School Location: United States -- California
Source: MAI 82/8(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Health education, Public Health Education, Health care management, Pacific Rim Studies, Behavioral psychology
Keywords: California, Chronic Illness, Fiji Indian, Indo-Fijian, Public Health, USA
Publication Number: 28313894
ISBN: 9798582515890
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