142nd APHA Annual Meeting and Exposition

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Best practices of prevention efforts, and non-governmental and community based organizations’ role in refugee and immigrant health

142nd APHA Annual Meeting and Exposition (November 15 - November 19, 2014): http://www.apha.org/events-and-meetings/annual
Monday, November 17, 2014: 2:30 PM - 4:00 PM
Non-governmental organizations (NGO) and community-based organizations (CBO) play pivotal role in improving and maintaining the health of refugees and immigrants populations, as they are more likely to have first contact with these populations. As such, they are resources in providing insights to best practices of prevention efforts among refugees and immigrants communities. The proposed session highlights the various approaches and best practices used by NGOs and CBOs to work with, and improve health of refugees and immigrants.
Session Objectives: Explain the role of non-governmental and community-based organizations in improving health of refugees and immigrants Describe the operational processes required to expand integrated primary medical, behavioral and dental services to refugee and immigrant communities. Discuss the importance of developing culturally and linguistically competent services that incorporates refugees and immigrants' cultures and addresses the acculturative stress of resettlement. Describe best practices, such as art therapy, that addresses cross-cultural mental health issues of concern when treating refugee children experiencing PTSD.

Opening access for Burmese and Karen immigrant and refugee populations in California: A blueprint for integrated health service expansion to emerging Asian communities
Kimberly Chang, MD, Joan Jeung, MD, MS, Phyllis Pei, MA, MBA, RN, Kwee Say, BS, Julia Liou, MPH, George Lee, MD and Huong Le, DDS, MS
Mental health journey for refugee children from Burma: Evaluating the use of art therapy in a school-based setting
Cassandra Rowe, Rose Watson-Ormond, Lacey English, Ashley Marshall, Andrew Amolegbe, Kristin Linton, MA LPC ATR and Hillary Rubesin, MA LPC
Social Capital and Improved Health Outcome in Food Insecure Immigrants
Elena Bastida, Ph.D, Alberto Ravelo, MS, Claudia A. Serna, BDS, RDH, MPH and Armando Dominguez, MS
Findings from a participatory community health assessment tailored to a predominately immigrant community
Jennifer Hebert-Beirne, PhD, MPH, Victoria Persky, MD, Noel Chávez, PhD, RD, Joan Kennelly, rn, mph, phd, Kamal Eldeirawi, Dina Birman, PhD, Anna Mayer, Simone Alexander and Maria Velazquez

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Organized by: Caucus on Refugee and Immigrant Health
Endorsed by: Public Health Social Work, APHA-Committee on Women's Rights

CE Credits: Medical (CME), Health Education (CHES), Nursing (CNE), Public Health (CPH) , Masters Certified Health Education Specialist (MCHES)