Fishing the Duwamish – A Health Concern for Communities
A general overview of the unique risks and health implications for refugee/immigrant communities near the Duwamish River.
November 4, 2016 · Article
Consider Lead and Other Heavy Metal Toxicities in the Evaluation of Nonspecific Symptoms
An article about the need to consider the prevalence of high lead levels among recently arrived refugees.
August 5, 2010 · Article
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Article investigated an outbreak of carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning after a power outage to determine its extent, identify risk factors, and develop prevention measures.
CareRef is a tool that guides clinicians through conducting a routine post-arrival medical screening of a newly arrived refugee to the U.S. The output of this tool is based on the current CDC Domestic Refugee Screening Guidelines. CareRef recommends screening tests and other preventive care based on the demographic and geographic factors that contribute to risk. The data used to create this tool are specific to refugee populations coming to the U.S.
Mohamed Ali, a Seattle area Somali refugee with master's degree in public health, has been honored by the White House as a Champion of Change for his work in the Puget Sound area. In 2012 a severe winter storm hit the area and many people lost power. Ali did outreach in his community to warn about the dangers of carbon monoxide poisoning from bringing generators and grills inside.
Guidelines on incorporating fish into your diet safely. Links to sources of information for fish advisories and reducing exposure to contaminants.
This CDC report identified a case in which the likely source of lead exposure in a young child in the U.S. was a traditional amulet made in Cambodia with leaded beads that was worn by the child.
A short 2013 article about a Karen refugee family from Burma, and how a simple lesson about our emergency system might have saved a life.
Information on broader mercury exposures from the Washington State Department of Health.
A special purpose, regional government agency chartered by state law in 1967 under the Washington Clean Air Act. Provides current status of burn bans and of air quality in WA counties for sensitive groups, healthy adults, and different activity levels.
Interactive Map of Puget Sound with location specific details regarding the air quality.
This 2010 document from the NY State Department of Health provides information on the prevalence of childhood lead poisoning among recent Burmese refugees, and prevention issues specific to this population. Also included is a discussion of some of the cultural and health practices common among Burmese refugees. It is intended for staff at resettlement organizations and local health departments, as well as health care providers, in order to facilitate effective communication with Burmese refugees on issues related to lead poisoning prevention, health care, and general health promotion.