Geographic Scope: Nationwide
Client(s): Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH), Office of Refugee Resettlement
Services: Health Care & Public Health Planning, Health Communication, Training & Technical Assistance
Technical Expertise: Community Health Coalitions, Population Health, State and Local Public Health
Refugees living in the United States can face both health and mental health issues related to trauma, hardship, and health disparities they experienced in their home countries as well as challenges they face once here. JSI helped to launch a national center that focuses on health and mental health for recent arrivals in the U.S.
The Massachusetts Department of Public Health (MDPH) housed the Refugee Health Technical Assistance (TA) Center, funded by the federal Office of Refugee Resettlement, until September 2012.
In a subcontract to MDPH, JSI was responsible for hosting a listserv, distributing a monthly newsletter, maintaining the TA center website, and administering webinars to provide TA and support on refugee health and mental health for providers working with resettled refugees in the United States. Through the TA center website, JSI developed an online platform for refugee service providers to connect and share ideas, experiences, and resources.
JSI is currently developing a video about the Affordable Care Act for refugees. The video is being produced in five languages: English, Arabic, Nepali, Karen, and Somali and will feature refugee speakers from each audience.