Refugee Health Wednesday, March 2, 2011
Refugees flee their homelands for many reasons, including violent conflicts, political or religious persecution, and famine. Refugees who settle in the United States often have disproportionate physical and/or mental health problems due to past traumatic experiences, refugee camp conditions, lack of access to health care, and economic hardships.
The featured Innovations describe three programs that enable refugees to receive health care and social and rehabilitative services that are culturally competent.
The featured QualityTools describe three toolkits that providers can use to educate refugees about lead poisoning prevention in children, nutrition, and healthy living.
- Trauma Therapy and Caregiver Support Improves Coping Skills and Academic Performance of West African Refugee Children
- Physician–Nurse House Calls Reduce Barriers to Health Care and Social Services for New Refugees
- Identification and Support of Refugees With Disabilities Enhances Access to Culturally Competent Rehabilitation and Social Services
Also in This Issue:
- Transitional Care Program With Advance Care Planning for Frail Elders Reduces Emergency Department Visits and Readmissions
- Immediate Post-Event Debriefing Improves Multiple Aspects of Response to Codes and Increases Staff Satisfaction
- Ongoing Monitoring, Prompt Feedback, and Reminders Improve Hand Hygiene in a Busy, Urban Emergency Department
- Fall Prevention Toolkit Facilitates Customized Risk Assessment and Prevention Strategies, Reducing Inpatient Falls