Date of Award


Degree Type

Restricted Access Professional Report

Degree Name

Master of Public Health


School of Public Health

First Advisor

Murial Marshall

Second Advisor

Antonio Rene

Third Advisor

Raghbir Sandhu


This study was conducted to provide an assessment of the health status and health care utilization of children from former Yugoslavia living in Tarrant County. Additionally an assessment of barriers and problems encountered by these families in obtaining health care for their children was presented. One hundred thirteen households of refugee families arriving in Tarrant County from 1998 through 2000 participated by answering a 79 item health information questionnaire. The results revealed that most of the refugee families had no regular health care provider to assure continuity of medical care. Lack of access to dental care and inappropriate utilization of hospital emergency facilities were also identified as problems. Insufficient understanding of health insurance issues and inability to access health information were additional problems. Addressing these problems by local and state health care agencies may help to improve health care delivery for these and future refugee children.


W 4.8 P742H 2001