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Massachusetts Resources

  • ORIH (Office of Refugee and Immigrant Health) "The Office of Refugee and Immigrant Health coordinates activities within the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (MDPH) to promote culturally and linguistically relevant healthcare and health education for refugees and immigrants."
  • MA Clearinghouse has printed or downloadable resources on this topic. They are free to order if you are an MA resident. For clinicians and others working at MGH Health Centers, please contact ARCH (arch@partners.org) for assistance with ordering materials from MA Clearinghouse and other sources.

General Resources

  • Coalition for Asian American Children and Families (CACF) A Coalition based in New York City. Links include an Asian American Kids InfoLink, a bulletin board utility for sharing policy, research and information. Many statistics are available as well as extensive links to information resources.
  • CultureMed The SUNY Institute of Technology Library. A Resource Center, dealing with culturally-competent health care for refugees and immigrants.
  • EthnoMed Contains information about cultural beliefs, medical and other issues pertinent to the healthcare of recent immigrants to Seattle. Includes the following immigrant groups - Vietnamese, Cambodian, Hmong, Mien, Laotian, Cham Eritrean, Tigrean, Amhara, Oromo, Somali immigrants. Some translated materials available.
  • Following the Clues: a visit to the doctor and the library Making a doctor's appointment, visiting a doctor, and finding current health information can be confusing activities for young children and for adults unfamiliar with the US healthcare system. These activities are especially difficult for those who cannot speak English and for those new to the English language. 11 min. video can be viewed in English, Spanish, or Sudanese.
  • National Health Law Program Information about access to health services for immigrants. Includes information on linguistic access, immigrant children's health and links to many other non-legal resources.
  • New York University Center for Immigrant Health Describes programs, publications, and resources for translators and culturally competent care.
  • Refugee Information Network Refugee Health Information Network is a national collaborative partnership that has created a database of quality multilingual, public health resources for those providing care to resettled refugees. Resources include: translated health education materials (brochures, fact sheets, videos ), provider tools (information on refugee populations, cultures) and links to related websites. Sponsored by Georgetown University and the National Library of Medicine.

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