Communication Infrastructure in an Asian Immigrant Community

Jean J. Lim, Yong Chan Kim, Susan Koch-Weser

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The health benefits of having a supportive community and access to community resources are well documented and for many immigrant communities, community-based organizations (CBOs) play an important role by providing culturally competent services. The current study uses communication infrastructure theory (CIT) to examine the associations between connections to CBOs, civic engagement, and protective health behaviors within the context of Boston Chinatown’s Chinese immigrant community. According to CIT, neighborhood communication resources encourage residents to engage in civic activities and health-related problem-solving behaviors. To assess these associations, data from a needs assessment survey (N = 360) were analyzed. Results showed that connections to CBOs had a positive association with total number of protective health behaviors. Civic engagement was not found to be associated with health behaviors. We also found no indirect effect of connections to CBOs on the protective health behaviors via civic engagement. These results carry important theoretical and practical implications.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)717-727
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of Health Communication
Issue number10
Publication statusPublished - 2021

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All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Health(social science)
  • Communication
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Library and Information Sciences


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