Reproductive health decision‐making among US‐dwelling Somali Bantu refugee women: A qualitative study

Dr. Kafuli Agbemenu, assistant professor of nursing, conducts innovative community-based research to improve the reproductive health of vulnerable and marginalized populations of women living in the U.S. Her most recent study, Reproductive health decision-making among US-dwelling Somali Bantu refugee women: A qualitative study, published in the Journal of Clinical Nursing, aimed to explore Somali Bantu refugee women's reproductive health decision-making, as influenced by their resettlement in the U.S. The study revealed that children are, for Somali Bantu Women, considered as wealth. If health care providers are equipped with a more culturally nuanced understanding of factors that influence reproductive health decision-making, they can provide person-centered care that meets their patients needs and is appropriate.

Dr. Agbemenu's research was supported in part by the Community for Global Health Equity. 

Featured Articles and Reflections


HIV attitudes and beliefs in U.S.-based African refugee women | Kafuli Agbenemu, Aidoo-Frimpong, G., Auerbach, S., & Jafri, A., Ethnicity & Health, 2020. 

Family planning trends among community-dwelling African refugee women | Kafuli Agbenemu, Auerbach, S., Ely, G., Aduloji-Ajijola, N., & Wang, H. H. Public Health Nurs, 2020.

Avoiding obstetrical interventions among US-based Somali migrant women: a qualitative study | Kafuli Agbenemu, Banke-Thomas, A., Ely, G., & Johnson-Agbakwu, C.. Ethn Health, 1-16. 2019. 

Reproductive Health Outcomes in African Refugee Women: A Comparative Study | Kafuli Agbemenu, Auerbach, S., Murshid, N. S., Shelton, J., & Amutah-Onukagha, N. J Womens Health (Larchmt), 28(6), 785-793. 2019.

Reproductive health decision-making among US-dwelling Somali Bantu women: A qualitative study | Kafuli Agbemenu PhD, RN, MPH, Ellen M Volpe Phd, RN, FNP-BC, Ervin Dyer Phd, Journal of Clinical Nursing, 2018.

Exploring the Experience of African Immigrant Mothers Providing Reproductive Health Education to their Daughters aged 10 to 14 Years | Kafuli Agbenemu, J. Devido, M.A. Terry, M. Hannan, J. Kitutu, and W. Doswell, Journal of Transcultural Nursing, 2018

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Kafuli Agbemenu

Co-Lead, Refugee Health and Wellbeing team; Project Lead, Reproductive Health Decision-Making; Assistant Professor

School of Nursing

201 D Wende Hall

Phone: Phone: 716-829-6023