Presentation on theme: "MARSHALL ISLANDERS IN NORTHWEST ARKANSAS: HEALTH, ACCESS & WELL-BEING Michael Duke, Ph.D. Department of Anthropology."— Presentation transcript:
MARSHALL ISLANDERS IN NORTHWEST ARKANSAS: HEALTH, ACCESS & WELL-BEING Michael Duke, Ph.D. Department of Anthropology
Where are the Marshall Islands?
Health Issues Substantial health problems, including: - High infant mortality (5 x US rate) - Tuberculosis - Diabetes - Alcohol-related problems - STIs - Hansen’s Disease - Suicide Ebeye Community Health Center, RMI
Health Issues: Possible Causes Inter-Related Factors -Urban centers - High population density, substantial unemployment -“Outer islands”- Health care access -Nationwide - Poor diet - Physical, ecological, psychological (and genetic?) impact of nuclear weapons testing ( , 23 tests total) Nuclear weapons test, Bikini Atoll, Marshall Islands
Where is Springdale, AR?
Why Springdale? Photo: Steve Hebert Photo Still from “Unnatural Causes” Marshallese Population: (app. 1/10 th of RMI’s population)
İPoultry! Photo: Steve Hebert Note: Marshallese can travel to and work in the US via the Compact of Free Association between the USA and RMI