Ann Githinji's scientific contributions

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Distribution of power and resources greatly impacts the mental health of individuals and communities. Thus, to reduce mental health disparities, it is imperative to address these social determinants of mental health through social change. Engaging in social change efforts requires people to critically engage with present conditions on personal, loc...
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Refugees resettled in the United States have disproportionately high rates of psychological distress. Research has demonstrated the roles of postmigration stressors, including lack of meaningful social roles, poverty, unemployment, lack of environmental mastery, discrimination, limited English proficiency, and social isolation. We report a multimet...
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There is a growing recognition that social inequities in education, housing, employment, health care, safety, resources, money, and power contribute significantly to increasing health disparities globally, within countries, and even within specific urban environments. Thus, to promote health and well-being for all people, the World Health Organizat...

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... Another study implemented a culturally-tailored intervention called Healthy Sudanese Families in a church setting that provided mental health education to address the stigma associated with mental health and help-seeking (Baird, 2017). In the Refugee Wellbeing Project, African refugees interacted with undergraduate students in a program to reduce mental health disparities (Hess et al., 2014). Two studies focused on initiating early mental health screening for this population using the Refugee Health Screener-15 (RHS-15) with a referral to treatment (Polcher & Calloway, 2016;Salt et al., 2017). ...
... When compared to the study of Swedish migration agency's housing facilities (Leiler et al., 2019), these results reinforce the key role of institutional actors in shaping expression of localised social determinants where refugees reside. A longitudinal study of community-based advocacy and learning interventions, to improve social determinants of refugee mental health in a large Southwestern US city, showed significantly decreased psychological distress and increased quality of life outcomes (Goodkind et al., 2014). In Northern Greece, Beza et al. (2021) found that longer stays for urban refugees combined with a perception that NGOs addressed their needs, meant refugees in urban apartments had better outcomes than camp refugees. ...
... Developed by Jessica Goodkind and colleagues, the Refugee Well-Being Project intervention (RWP; Goodkind, 2005;Goodkind et al., 2020;Goodkind et al., 2011) provides a sustainable and replicable collaborative model among refugees, community organizations, and universities. Using this model, refugee families and undergraduate student advocates worked together in pairs toward a fivefold goal, spanning 6 months. ...