Resources

Resources on working with refugees and immigrants geared toward healthcare or social service providers

American Heart
An Emmy nominated documentary following three refugees as they are diagnosed with serious health conditions and have to navigate the American Healthcare System.

The Medicine Box Project
The Medicine Box Project harnesses the power of moving pictures to foster understanding of refugees and the complexities of their healthcare.  Our short documentaries call on real-life patients and their healthcare providers to illuminate the challenges inherent to refugee resettlement and the effect the refugee experience has on physical and mental health. 

Cultural Orientation Resource Center (COR)
The Cultural Orientation Resource Center funded by the U.S. Department of State,e Bureeau of Population, Refugees, and Migration to ensure that CO is effective, accurate, and culturally and linguistically appropriate, as well as to produce reliable and useful information about refugee groups. The COR Center works closely with U.S. government agencies, international organizations, providers, community partners, mainstream service providers, and area specialist to assess needs and develop relevant and timely online and hard-copy orientation resources and group-specific materials.

Ethnomed
EthnoMed contains information about cultural beliefs, medical issues and related topics pertinent to the health care of immigrants to Seattle or the US, many of whom are refugees fleeing war-torn parts of the world.

Hopkins Center for Health Disparity Solutions, John Hopkins University

  • Cultural Competency Collaborative
  • Cultural Competency Organizational Assessment

North American Refugee Health Conference

Office of Minority Health, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Cultural Competency
Think Cultural Health Website

Refugee Health Technical Assistance Center
RHTAC is funded by the Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR). The Refugee and Immigrant Health Program, Massachusetts Department of Public Health, is the lead agency. The RHTAC leadership team consists of nationally-recognized organizations with extensive experience in the field of refugee health and in improving the quality of services to refugees.


Resources on working with refugees and survivors of torture or trauma geared toward mental health & substance abuse professionals

National Partnership for Community Training

  • Webinar: Advancing Promising Practices in the Torture Treatment Field
  • Webinar: Addressing Mental Health, PTSD, and Suicide in Refugee Communities
  • Webinar: Substance Abuse and the Torture Survivor Experience
  • Substance Abuse and the Torture Survivor Experience Information Guide
  • Group Treatment Information Guide
  • A Toolkit for Healing the Wounds of Violence
  • Torture Survivors – Five Part Video Series
  • Country Condition Reports
  • Refugee Mental Health Bibliography

Refugee Health Technical Assistance Center – Youth and Mental Health

  • Refugee Services Toolkit
  • Webinar: Suicide Among Refugees
  • Refugee Health Screener – 15
  • Webinar: Introducing and Operationalizing the RHS-15
  • Webinar: Refugee Mental Health

Intercultural Counseling Connection

  • Resources for Providers

Resources on working with refugee youth or traumatized children geared toward education professionals

Bridging  Refugee Youth & Children’s Services

National Child Traumatic Stress Network

  • Refugee and War Zone Trauma
  • Children of War Video
  • Refugee Services Toolkit
  • For Educators: Resources for School Personal
  • Child Trauma: A toolkit for Educators
  • What are the Stressors Associated with Being a Refugee
  • Suggestions for Educators
  • Selfcare for Educators

National Partnership for Community Training

  • Webinar: Working Clinically With Traumatized Refugee Children
  • Youth Information Guide
  • Torture Survivors – Five Part Video Series
  • Country Condition Reports

Refugee Health Technical Assistance Center – Youth and Mental Health

  • Refugee Services Toolkit
  • Webinar: Suicide Among Refugees
  • Webinar: Promoting Successful Adjustment for Refugee Youth
  • Refugee Health Screener – 15
  • Webinar: Introducing and Operationalizing the RHS-15
  • Webinar: Refugee Mental Health

The Center for Health and Healthcare in Schools
Children of Immigrants and Refugees: What the Research Tells US, April 2011

Cultural Competency Resources for Educators

Books and Educational Materials

  • Peter’s Map
    The Peters Projection World Map is one of the most stimulating, and controversial, images of the world. When this map was first introduced by historian and cartographer Dr. Arno Peters at a Press Conference in Germany in 1974 it generated a firestorm of debate. The first English-version of the map was published in 1983, and it continues to have passionate fans as well as staunch detractors.
  • Zlata’s Diary, Zlata Filupovic, 1994
  • What is the What, Dave Eggers, 2006
  • Outcasts United, Warren St. John, 2009
  • Children of War: Voices of Iraqi Refugees, Deborah Ellis, 2009
  • How Does it Feel to be a Problem?: Being Young and Arab in America, Moustafa Bayoumi, 2009
  • Human Cargo: A journey Among Refugees, Caroline Moorehead, 2005
  • Making It Home: Real-Life Stories from Children Forced to Flee, Puffin Books, 2004
  • Other People’s Children: Cultural Conflict in the Classroom, Lisa Delpit,  1995
  • The Middle of Everywhere, Mary Pipher, 2002
  • Understanding Your Refugee and Immigrant Students, Jeffra Flaitz, 2009