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Ukrainian Refugee Mental Health Profile

This article provides insight into mental health needs and barriers to care of Ukrainian refugees in the greater Seattle area. It also serves as a resource for providers to deliver culturally relevant and respectful care to Ukrainian immigrants, primarily refugees.

July 7, 2023 · Article, PDF


Ukrainian – Health and Culture Resources

A collection of health and behavioral health resources specific to Ukrainian refugee arrivals.

April 22, 2022 · Article, PDF, Video


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Neuropsychological Evaluation for Citizenship Test Exemptions (N-648)

Article discussing options to be considered prior to getting a neuropsychological evaluation for US citizenship test exemptions.

February 19, 2020 · Article


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Somali Refugee Mental Health Cultural Profile – Literature Update

In 2016, the Epidemiology and Research Literature Summary section of EthnoMed's Somali Refugee Mental Health Cultural Profile was updated with new information based on a review of research articles published 2004-2015. These updates are presented here.

July 21, 2016 · Article


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Introductory and Referral Scripts for the RHS-15

Helpful scripts about bringing up symptoms associated with mental health issues, and making referral to counseling, upon administering the Refugee Health Screener 15 (RHS-15).

April 4, 2016 · Article


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Adherence Barriers to Antidepressants among an Urban Female Latino Population

An article highlighting insights from providers and patients about risk factors, protective factors and interventions related to adherence barriers to antidepressants among urban Latinos.

July 18, 2013 · Article


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Refugee Health Screener-15 (RHS 15) Packet

The RHS-15 is a tool for screening refugees for emotional distress and mental health. Packet includes the RHS-15 tool, background on the tool’s development, and guidelines on using the RHS-15 with recently resettled refugees.

December 19, 2012 · PDF


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Saving Face: Recognizing and Managing the Stigma of Mental Illness in Asian Americans

The overarching goal of the video is to demonstrate a culturally competent approach to addressing the stigma of mental illness in Asian-American patients.

January 26, 2011 · PDF, Video


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Resources on Cultural Competence in Mental Health

Links to websites of model curricula and other materials on cultural competence and diversity in mental health.

June 1, 2010 · Article


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Somali Mental Health

The challenges facing Somali immigrants and refugees in the Twin Cities are complex and their needs are great. Besides facing enormous cultural and language differences, African immigrants and refugees contend with racism, often have limited literacy skills, and hold jobs where they barely earn minimum wage and have difficulty providing for their families.

August 13, 2009 · Article


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¡No soy Loco! / I’m Not Crazy! Understanding the Stigma of Mental Illness in Latinos

The goal of this video is to demonstrate how Latino patients present their stigma of mental illness, and how skilled therapists manage it.

January 1, 2009 · Video


Somali Refugee Mental Health Cultural Profile

Information about depression, anxiety and PTSD within the Somali refugee community; common beliefs and traditional treatment for mental illness in Somalia, and advice for healthcare providers working with Somali refugees.

November 1, 2008 · Article


Somali Depression Profile

Article about Somali culture, relating to mental health and depression.

March 1, 2006 · Article


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Screening for Depression Among Newly Arrived Vietnamese Refugees in Primary Care Settings

Article reprinted with permission from Western Journal of Medicine. By Dedra Buchwald, MD et al. West J Med, October 1995; 163:341-345.

October 2, 1995 · Article, PDF


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Mental Health and Illness in Vietnamese Refugees

Article reprinted with permission from Western Journal of Medicine by Steven J. Gold, PhD, Whittier, CA. West J Med, Sept. 1992; 157:290-294.

September 6, 1992 · Article


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Working with Refugee Survivors of Torture

Article reprinted with permission from Western Journal of Medicine. By Barbara Chester, PhD and Neal Holton, MPH. West J Med, September 1992; 157:301-304.

September 1, 1992 · Article, PDF