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Feature: August 2017

Community Health Board Presentations

Seattle - King County has seen the emerging development of local refugee community health boards. The following are examples of local health education efforts led by two such boards: 

A 1-hour video of a presentation about measles and a measles outbreak in Somali community in Minnesota.  With discussion and education about the concern in Somali communities of a perceived link between MMR vaccine and autism. Presented at the Somali Health Board meeting, May 18, 2017. Presenters: Anisa Ibrahim, MD; Asli Ashkir, RN, PHN; Ahmed Ali, PharmD. Shared with permission from the Somali Health Board. Also view video on Somali Health Board's Facebook page. See also: Public Health - Seattle & King County health advisory Measles Outbreak Among Somali Community in Minnesota with Links to Seattle

This 42-minute video slideshow presents community education in Arabic, with summary of talking points in English, about the importance of mental health and about common mental conditions among Iraqi refugees such as anxiety, depression, panic disorders and PTSD. Presented June 2016 by Dr. Zainab Al-Tameemi, M.B.Ch.B, MPH/Social and Behavioral Sciences, University of Washington. Shared with permission from the Iraqi Health Board. 

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Cervical Cancer Patient Education Videos

The following videos highlight the importance of screening, how to get an appointment and ask for an interpreter and/or woman doctor, and what happens during a cervical cancer screening appointment. Videos are provided with or without English subtitles. Produced by Browne Production Group, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center and Harborview Medical Center/University of Washington. Funded by grant # CA187401 from the National Cancer Institute.

"Use of Modern Technology for Women's Health and Wellness" - Nepali-speaking Bhutanese/English

17 minute 41 second video about the importance of cervical cancer screening, culturally tailored for Nepali-speaking Bhutanese women unfamiliar with western health systems. 

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"A New Life and New Tools" - Karen/English

19 minute 21 second video about the importance of cervical cancer screening, culturally tailored for Karen women unfamiliar with western health systems.

See more patient education resources on EthnoMed about cervical cancer and pap testing. 

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Refugee Health Weekly Roundup

This summary is compiled by the Washington State Department of Health Refugee Health Program. The Weekly Roundup highlights upcoming events and opportunities, resources and news relevant to refugee health. Some information is local to WA, but also what's on the national agenda. Read the latest edition of the Refugee Health Roundup.

Local Advisory: Excessive Heat 2017 Summer

The National Weather Service has announced an excessive heat watch for Western Washington this August 2017. When outside temperatures are very high, the danger for heat-related illnesses rises. Older adults, young children, and people with mental illness and chronic diseases are at particularly high risk.

Some people turn to local rivers to cool off, but drowning is a real concern. Please use caution and wear a personal flotation device (PFD). Click here for more summer safety resources.

Health Advisory

Public Health - Seattle & King County released a health advisory on April 29, 2017: Measles Outbreak Among Somali Community in Minnesota with Links to Seattle. Read the advisory.

Migrant Children and Health

The Migrant Children and Health Campaign has created a video featuring leaders in immigrant and refugee health advocacy introducing the facts about migrant children health and the continued history of racial and ethnic disease scaremongering in the U.S. For more information about this Campaign and to view the video "Migrant Children and Health: Borders, Boundaries, and Bigotry" click here.

Torture Resources

Resources for clinicians and advocates around issues of torture, often related to warfare and political repression.  Includes information about Northwest Health and Human Rights (NWHHR) coalition serving refugees, asylum seekers, and immigrants in Washington State.  Visit Caring for Survivors of Torture page for additional information.