Provided below is the significant background information for this community project. The purpose of this project was to learn about the Cambodian American population in the South Puget Sound area. In order to achieve this task our group examined the social determinants of health related to this population. These determinants include the physical environment, recreational opportunities, economy status, education opportunities, safety, transportation services, politics, government, health, social services and communication services. The Cambodian American population has limited access to these determinants causing them to be underserved and at risk for poor health status. The majority of this population came to the United States of America as a refugee. Article 1 of the Convention as amended by the 1967 Protocol provides the definition of a refugee:
"A person who owing to a well-founded fear of being persecuted for reasons of race, religion, nationality, membership of a particular social group or political opinion, is outside the country of his nationality and is unable or, owing to such fear, is unwilling to avail himself of the protection of that country; or who, not having a nationality and being outside the country of his former habitual residence as a result of such events, is unable or, owing to such fear, is unwilling to return to it.."
During and directly after the time of Khmer Rouge, Cambodians fled their county for fear of punishment up to death allowing them refugee status in counties honoring this Article. In the United States of America there is approximately 150,000 Cambodians residing with this status(need citation here).
Washington state the Cambodian population is the third largest in the United States of America(need citation here). The area in which we are studying has a few agencies that may be available for partnerships and/or collaboration. Some of these groups are government funded including the Washington State... [continues]
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