Most newcomers nowadays are from different ethnocultural backgrounds. Upon arrival in Canada or other high-income countries, newcomer children may experience subtle or drastic changes in their food environment depending on their pre-migration living circumstances, which may lead to dietary acculturation. Such changes may have short and long-term effects on the health status of newcomer children. Insufficiency and deficiencies in key nutrients required for growth and development, as well as bone health and metabolic issues, are examples of short term health issues that may lead to the early establishment of chronic conditions. Meanwhile, food insecurity is another major concern in newcomers that puts children more at risk.
This session will highlight the nutrition and health status of newcomer children as well as barriers to healthcare experienced by immigrants and refugees living in Saskatchewan. Barriers to healthcare include navigation difficulties, limited awareness of services, language difficulties, interpretation issues, difficulty accessing health benefits, healthcare service limitations and stigma, gender and cultural concerns, health attitudes, and life stressors related to their beliefs, work, school, childcare, and transportation.