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Effective Ways to Encourage Health-Care Practices among Cultural Minorities in Israel during the COVID-19 Pandemic

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Department of Management and Public Policy, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Beer-Sheva 84105, Israel
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Conflict Management & Resolution Program, Department of Interdisciplinary Studies, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Beer-Sheva 84105, Israel
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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2021, 18(18), 9563; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph18189563
Received: 29 July 2021 / Revised: 1 September 2021 / Accepted: 8 September 2021 / Published: 10 September 2021
Following the worldwide outbreak of COVID-19, policymakers have been occupied with the questions of whether and how to specially address unique cultural groups coping with the pandemic. This study aimed to evaluate the potential for a culturally tailored approach to the transmission of health messages in a time of crisis among two minority populations within Israeli society: the Ultra-Orthodox population and the Arab population. To that end, 380 individuals from Israeli Ultra-Orthodox society and 360 individuals from Israeli Arab society completed a self-reported questionnaire in early April 2020, in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. The findings of this study reveal differences between these groups in terms of the effectiveness of different channels for conveying messages and the channels that were preferred, as well as significant relationships between community sense of coherence and the study variables. We found that advocacy and motivation based on values, on the one hand, and recognition of the effectiveness of a culturally tailored approach, on the other, may be the best approach for persuading members of minority populations, who belong to collectivist societies, to comply with epidemic-control instructions. View Full-Text
Keywords: COVID-19; health policy; cultural minorities; community sense of coherence; Ultra-Orthodox Jews; Arab society COVID-19; health policy; cultural minorities; community sense of coherence; Ultra-Orthodox Jews; Arab society
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Kalagy, T.; Abu-Kaf, S.; Braun-Lewensohn, O. Effective Ways to Encourage Health-Care Practices among Cultural Minorities in Israel during the COVID-19 Pandemic. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2021, 18, 9563. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph18189563

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Kalagy T, Abu-Kaf S, Braun-Lewensohn O. Effective Ways to Encourage Health-Care Practices among Cultural Minorities in Israel during the COVID-19 Pandemic. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 2021; 18(18):9563. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph18189563

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Kalagy, Tehila, Sarah Abu-Kaf, and Orna Braun-Lewensohn. 2021. "Effective Ways to Encourage Health-Care Practices among Cultural Minorities in Israel during the COVID-19 Pandemic" International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health 18, no. 18: 9563. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph18189563

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