•Refugees from Burma are the single largest refugee group resettled in the USA over the past decade
•Buffalo receives the most refugees of any city in NY State
•8,000 - 10,000 refugees from Burma have settled in Buffalo
•Escaping religious and ethnic persecution
•Many relocating from refugee camps in Thailand or Malaysia
•Several different ethnicities represented
As the Burmese acculturate, it is expected that they will experience declines in health, including increased incidence of chronic disease. In order to target health messaging to Burmese communities, a baseline understanding of their awareness of, and perceptions of risk for common illnesses is needed.