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  1. MARSHALL ISLANDERS IN NORTHWEST ARKANSAS: HEALTH, ACCESS& WELL-BEING Michael Duke, Ph.D. Department of Anthropology

  2. Where are the Marshall Islands?

  3. 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

  4. 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 (1946-1958, 23 tests total) Nuclear weapons test, Bikini Atoll, Marshall Islands

  5. Where is Springdale, AR?

  6. Why Springdale? Photo: Steve Hebert Marshallese Population: 6000+ (app. 1/10th of RMI’s population) Photo Still from “Unnatural Causes”

  7. 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

  8. KommolTata! (Thank You!) Photo: Steve Hebert