Russian speakers in US
drerbs at hotmail.com
Wed Aug 12 10:15:49 PDT 1998
In the PDX metro area, there are three principal groups: the
Evangelical Christians, many of whom are Pentecostal, Jews and "Old
Believers" who emigrated here several generations ago, and while
traditional in dress and behavior, are familiar with "how things work"
in the U.S.
The Jews tend to be from urban settings, and were often professionals.
The Christians have the traits that you mentioned, and are many times
for rural areas. While Soviet schools were good, differences exist
between urban and rural settings, as with anywhere.
Factor in also, experiences with totalitarian governments, Soviet health
care system, and the fact that they're from many different countries,
now trying to regain long-suppressed cultures and languages.
Also, for direct info., call Marianna Durbova or Yelena Surgeyeva at
Russian Oregon Social Services at 503-284-3002. They are very
knowledgable and helpful. I don't make an H.E. planning move without
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Date: Tue, 11 Aug 1998 15:58:16 -0700
Reply-To: pnwhealth at u.washington.edu
From: "Sandra Smith, MPH, CHES" <sandras at u.washington.edu>
To: "Pacific Northwest Health Educators" <pnwhealth at u.washington.edu>
Subject: Russian speakers in US
We are translating and adapting
perinatal health information for
Russian speakers in the US. The
group we are working with are
a community in Oregon. They are
a religious group with refugee status.
As Pentacostals they are offended
by info on sexuality and birth control.
We want to develop materials that
will be useful and appropriatefor as
many Russian speakers as possible,
recognizing that the materials may
have to be further tailored for certain
communities - perhaps this Oregon group.
And we are chewing on the dilemma
of how to balance cultural sensitivity
and important public health messages.
Can anyone on the list tell us if this
Oregon group is representative of
Russian speakers in the US. Or,
asked another way, what proportion
of US Russian speakers are
Pentacostal. Any comments from
others who haveworked with
Russian immigrant populations
are welcome. Thanks in advance
for your assistance. SS
Sandra Smith, MPH, CHES
sandras at u.washington.edu
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