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Feature: September 2017

Care for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) Community

In the midst of the harsh political climate EthnoMed is reminded we are part of a larger educational and health system that supports and cares for all people.  Our Harborview Medical Center mission statement includes priority care to persons who are non-English speaking poor, persons who are uninsured or underinsured, and many other vulnerable populations.  The words of the University of Washington President Ana Mari Cauce provide us with a reminder that the work is important and a call to action: 

"...Ending DACA diminishes us all. It breaks the promise our country made to these students when we urged them to enroll in the program, to be proud and unafraid. We join with leaders in higher education, industry, government, religious institutions and humanitarian agencies across the nation in calling for congressional action to restore the program quickly.

Discontinuing the program doesn’t just threaten the security and futures of Dreamers. It also threatens to erode our nation as a democracy that has embraced the diverse talents and contributions of generations of immigrants, including our country’s founders."  Read the entire letter 

Northwest Immigrant Rights Project (NWIRP) has issued a Community Advisory for DACA recipients and their loved ones in the wake of the Trump Administration’s announcement that the DACA program is being terminated. In addition to publishing this advisory, NWIRP is hosting several free community forums for DACA recipients, their families, and other social service providers to discuss what options are available to them in light of this news. The forums are opportunities to ask questions, share the latest information, talk to an immigration attorney, and learn about other resources for DACA recipients and their families.   

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    Mission Asset Fund (Lending Circles) is providing renewal scholarships to Dreamers who need to renew their DACA application by Oct 5, 2017. There is a quick on-line questionnaire and within 24-48 hrs they can issue a $495 check made out to DHS for DACA recipients. This opportunity originated in California but has been extended nationwide due to additional funding.  
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 EthnoMed article with additional resources


Recent Features

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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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.