Refugees

Publication Title: 
American Journal of Physical Anthropology

The impact of stress on human health is a topic of wide-spread relevance and one that is particularly amenable to multidisciplinary investigation. Stress impacts both our psychological and physical health and, thus, may leave evidence on our psyche, our physical body and our genome. We are interested in the effect of extreme stressors, such as war, on health from the perspective of long-term and multigenerational effects. We integrate sociocultural, biological, and epigenetic data from the war-torn Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).

Author(s): 
Rodney, Nicole C.
Mulligan, Connie J.
Publication Title: 
Health Progress (Saint Louis, Mo.)

The Catholic Collaborative Refugee Network (CCRN) was established more than four years ago as a result of discussions among CHA, Catholic Charities USA, and the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops' office of Migration and Refugee Services. The dozen CCRN sites each provide an organized response to the social, economic, and health problems often faced by refugees. Although the sites differ in their services, they typically help refugees prepare for and find work, preferably work with health insurance coverage.

Author(s): 
McGuire, Terrance P.
Publication Title: 
Health Progress (Saint Louis, Mo.)

Founded in 2001 by representatives of seven local organizations, the Refugee Healthcare Partnership (RHP) provides necessary health services and meaningful employment opportunities for refugees in the Tampa Bay, FL, area. Spearheaded by Catholic health care organizations and Catholic Charities of the Diocese of St. Petersburg, the RHP was made possible initially by funding from the Bon Secours Mission Fund of Bon Secours Health System, Marriottsville, MD. Florida leads the nation in granting lawful permanent resident status to refugees and asylum seekers.

Author(s): 
Stovall, Carol E. Sister
Publication Title: 
Journal of Clinical Psychology

This article discusses how loving-kindness can be used to treat traumatized refugees and minority groups, focusing on examples from our treatment, culturally adapted cognitive-behavioral therapy (CA-CBT). To show how we integrate loving-kindness with other mindfulness interventions and why loving-kindness should be an effective therapeutic technique, we present a typology of mindfulness states and the Nodal Network Model (NNM) of Affect and Affect Regulation.

Author(s): 
Hinton, Devon E.
Ojserkis, Rebecca A.
Jalal, Baland
Peou, Sonith
Hofmann, Stefan G.
Publication Title: 
Family Medicine

BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES: There are now more than 100,000 Hmong (Southeast Asian) refugees in the United States. This study examined interactions between Hmong patients and their health care providers and identified specific factors that either enable or obstruct health care delivery. METHODS: We used semistructured interview techniques to investigate patients' and providers' experiences, looking for attitudes, ideas, or behaviors that could be modified to improve health care delivery.

Author(s): 
Barrett, B.
Shadick, K.
Schilling, R.
Spencer, L.
del Rosario, S.
Moua, K.
Vang, M.
Publication Title: 
Family Medicine

BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES: There are now more than 100,000 Hmong (Southeast Asian) refugees in the United States. This study examined interactions between Hmong patients and their health care providers and identified specific factors that either enable or obstruct health care delivery. METHODS: We used semistructured interview techniques to investigate patients' and providers' experiences, looking for attitudes, ideas, or behaviors that could be modified to improve health care delivery.

Author(s): 
Barrett, B.
Shadick, K.
Schilling, R.
Spencer, L.
del Rosario, S.
Moua, K.
Vang, M.
Publication Title: 
Journal of Clinical Psychology

This article discusses how loving-kindness can be used to treat traumatized refugees and minority groups, focusing on examples from our treatment, culturally adapted cognitive-behavioral therapy (CA-CBT). To show how we integrate loving-kindness with other mindfulness interventions and why loving-kindness should be an effective therapeutic technique, we present a typology of mindfulness states and the Nodal Network Model (NNM) of Affect and Affect Regulation.

Author(s): 
Hinton, Devon E.
Ojserkis, Rebecca A.
Jalal, Baland
Peou, Sonith
Hofmann, Stefan G.
Publication Title: 
Global Health Promotion

The right to health care is significant for asylum seekers, particularly as many of them have experienced traumatic life events in their home country, during flight or in their host country. Post-migration living conditions have more impact than pre-migration conditions on ill health among asylum seekers, which underscores the importance of health care-related refugee reception policies.

Author(s): 
Ekblad, Solvig
Linander, Andrea
Asplund, Maria
Publication Title: 
Medical Anthropology

In narratives of displaced Karen women from Burma, both before and after resettlement in Australia, women framed their birthing experiences with those of persecution and displacement. Although grateful for the security of resettlement in Australia, social inclusion was negligible and women's birthing experiences occurred in that context. Women described the impact of the lack of interpreting services in Australian hospitals and an absence of personal and communal care that they expected.

Author(s): 
Niner, Sara
Kokanovic, Renata
Cuthbert, Denise
Publication Title: 
Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health

BACKGROUND: Refugees represent one of the most marginalized populations with generally poor health outcomes and requirements often very different from, and in excess of, the populations in the countries of asylum. It stands to reason that countries that accept refugees should have the resources to support them. Although governments in industrialised countries are often vociferous about the generosity of their support for refugees, the appearance is that it is the poorest nations that bear the greatest burden.

Author(s): 
Allotey, Pascale A.
Reidpath, Daniel D.

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