Date of Award


Document Type

Open Access Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Arts in Nursing (MAN)




Effects of the stigma associated with mental health illness among immigrant populations are exacerbated by challenges like language barrier, poverty and low education status. Immigrant children and teenagers are more vulnerable to compromised mental health wellness due to their dependence upon adults and their critical developmental stages. The purpose of this project is to explore the collaborative effort between health care professionals, law enforcement, community leaders and volunteers in the development of a nursing based support group for East African immigrant parents to promote mental health wellness for second generation immigrants in the Cedar Riverside neighborhood. Madeleine Leininger's Theory of Culture Care and Diversity is used as a theoretical framework to support this project. An East African proverb about the banana plant is used to illustrate the mental health crisis of East African immigrants in the Cedar Riverside neighborhood. The initial focus is to reduce stigma, increase awareness about mental health wellness, and reduce the gap between resources for mental health wellness and the community. Religious leaders, oral communication, informal events, and local gathering places like shopping malls, cafes, and community centers are utilized in increasing awareness


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