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Identifying and overcoming barriers to healthier lives

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posted on 20.08.2020 by Riz Firestone, Tevita Funaki, Sally Dalhousie, Akarere Henry, Mereaumate Vano, Jacqui Grey, Andrew Jull, Robyn Whittaker, Lisa Te Morenga, Cliona Ni Mhurchu
Understanding the key determinants of health from a community perspective is essential to address and improve the health and wellbeing of its members.  This qualitative study aimed to explore and better understand New Zealand-based Pasifika communities’ sociocultural experiences and knowledge of health and wellbeing. Fifty-seven participants were involved in six separate focus groups. Community coordinators co-facilitated and transcribed the discussions and conducted thematic analysis. The findings suggested two overarching themes: (1) ‘Pasifika experiences on poor health and well-being’: were based on sub-themes: (i) ‘recognisable issues’ (e.g., poor diet and lifestyle behaviours); (ii) ‘systemic issues’ that support the perpetual health issues (e.g., lack of knowledge and education) and; (iii) ‘profound issues’ that are often unspoken of and create long-term barriers (e.g., cultural lifestyle and responsibilities).  (2) ‘Hopes and dreams’ to improve health and well-being requires: (i) a family-centric approach to health; (ii) tackling systemic barriers; and (iii) addressing community social justice issues.  This study provides deepened insights on Pasifika communities’ understanding healthier living in the context of their cultural environment and family responsibilities. If we are to develop effective, sustainable programmes that prioritises health and well-being based on the needs of Pasifika communities, the findings from this study highlight their needs as step forward in overcoming barriers to healthier lives.

Funding

Supporting Healthy Lifestyles: A Maori and Pasifika Approach | Funder: THE UNIVERSITY OF AUCKLAND

History

Preferred citation

Firestone, R., Funaki, T., Dalhousie, S., Henry, A., Vano, M., Grey, J., Jull, A., Whittaker, R., Te Morenga, L. & Ni Mhurchu, C. (2018). Identifying and overcoming barriers to healthier lives. Pacific Health Dialog, 21(2), 54-66. https://doi.org/10.26635/phd.2018.913

Journal title

Pacific Health Dialog

Volume

21

Issue

2

Publication date

29/09/2018

Pagination

54-66

Publisher

Pasifika Medical Association

Publication status

Published online

Online publication date

29/09/2018

ISSN

1015-7867

eISSN

2422-8656

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