Health  Vol.9 No.4 , April 2017
Health within the Leeds Migrant Roma Community; An Exploration of Health Status and Needs within One UK Area
Existing evidence shows that many Roma communities have received little attention in relation to their health requirements. Evidence illustrates how Roma communities suffer from poorer health and unhealthier living conditions when compared to majority populations, with their poor health closely linked to wider social determinants. This study explored the health status and associated health needs of the Leeds Roma migrant community, a hard to reach and under-explored group across Europe. Questionnaires (n = 70) and focus groups (n = 43) with Roma community members as well as interviews with health professionals (n = 5) working with them were used. The study found language was a key barrier to accessing health care and understanding health messages. Furthermore, participant’s understandings of the health system were hindered by their different experiences within their countries of origin. Self-reports illustrated low mental well-being, high levels of stress and unhealthy life s as common issues. The research also highlighted several wider determinants of health as key concerns within the Roma community including housing, employment opportunities and money. The findings of this study contribute to increasing understandings of this community’s health needs, their support requirements and the barriers faced by them. These need to be considered to inform strategies and ways of working as mechanisms to tackle health inequalities and promote health within this community.
Cite this paper: Warwick-Booth, L. , Trigwell, J. , Kinsella, K. , Jeffreys, K. , Sankar, D. and Dolezalova, M. (2017) Health within the Leeds Migrant Roma Community; An Exploration of Health Status and Needs within One UK Area. Health, 9, 669-684. doi: 10.4236/health.2017.94048.

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