Navigating Telehealth in Limited English Proficiency Populations
The goal of this article is to highlight best practices in Telemedicine as they are emerging during the Covid-19 pandemic and the barriers and facilitators to a successful Telehealth visit with Limited English Proficiency (LEP) patients.
August 3, 2020 · Article, PDF
WHO: Safe Ramadan practices in the context of the COVID-19
This document highlights public health advice during the COVID-19 pandemic for social and religious practices and gatherings during Ramadan that can be applied across different national contexts.
April 20, 2020 · PDF
“Fever” in SE Asians. Does it really mean an elevated body temperature?
A short clinical pearl about a complaint of fever, but the patient doesn't have a fever in the doctor's office.
September 16, 2019 · Article
Overcoming Barriers to Care for Hepatitis B Virus Among SE Asians in King County: Literature Review
This literature review explores the burden of Hepatitis B Virus in Southeast Asian countries and immigrants in the United States, and explores the existing barriers to testing and treatment, as well as intervention and testing recommendations for providers.
February 7, 2019 · Article
Marshallese Culture and Health Information
Links to health education materials in Marshallese language and information about Marshallese culture, health and health care.
September 17, 2017 · Article, Video
Evaluation of Tuberculosis Program Services for Burmese Refugees in Thailand Resettling to the United States
Report on an evaluation of tuberculosis services developed following an outbreak of MDR TB among a group of 15,000 displaced Laotian Hmong living in Thailand.
June 1, 2017 · PDF
Translated Nurse-to-Patient Communication Pages – Harborview
Pages developed with nurses and interpreters to aid caregivers in communicating basic information to their patients.
October 5, 2016
Experiences of Refugee Women and Girls from the Democratic Republic of Congo
This backgrounder speaks to experiences of Congolese women and girls prior to resettlement and to provide tips for those supporting Congolese refugee women and girls in the US.
April 29, 2014 · PDF
Project SAHAT (South Asian Health Assessment Tool)
Project SAHAT, a health survey conducted for the South Asian community living in MN identifies key health issues and the need for culturally specific services to ensure health equity.
March 13, 2014 · Article
Phrases of Courtesy in Nine Languages: A Tool for Medical Providers
Features videos of native speakers saying phrases of courtesy in nine languages. This tool is to help develop rapport in the interpreted health encounter.
August 8, 2013 · Article, Video
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
Death and Suicide in Sri Lanka
In most Buddhist countries the suicide death rates are not very high. Unfortunately, in my country Sri Lanka, the suicide […]
June 1, 2002 · Article
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- Congolese Refugee Health Profile - CDC
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- Congolese Refugees in the United States Video - COR Center
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- Cultural Diversity - A Guide for Health Professionals
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- Democratic Republic of the Congo - Country Conditions Report
This report provides historical timelines, brief descriptions of common methods of torture, and synopses of current conditions and pertinent issues related to the Democratic Republic of the Congo (has an updated timeline as of August 2015).
- For Congolese Refugees: An Introduction to Healthcare in the U.S.
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- Free Burma Rangers - Free the Oppressed
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- Genocide Studies Program - Yale University
ounded in January 1998 to expand the work begun in 1994 by Yale University’s Cambodian Genocide Program, the Genocide Studies Program at Yale’s MacMillan Center for International and Area Studies conducts research, seminars and conferences on comparative, interdisciplinary, and policy issues relating to the phenomenon of genocide, and has provided training to researchers from afflicted regions, including Cambodia, Rwanda, and East Timor.
- Gulf Coast Jewish Family and Community Services
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- International Rescue Committee (IRC)
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- Multicultural Health - A Guide for Health Professionals (Australia)
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- Refugee Health Profiles - CDC
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- Syrian Refugee Health Profile - CDC
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