Welcoming refugee students: An introduction to refugee student health for MA school nurses
What is the school enrollment process for refugee students? How do school nurses obtain necessary health records and support the health needs of incoming refugee students?
The overall goal of this course is to provide school nurses with information about refugee resettlement, including the health screening and immunization process, and to describe resources they can access as they work to provide culturally appropriate health services to meet the varied health needs of these students.
After completing the training, you will be able to:
- Describe the pathways for refugee entry into the United States
- Describe the health assessment and immunization process for entering refugees and how school nurses can obtain health records, including the Massachusetts Immunization Information System
- Describe resources that school nurses can access as they work to provide culturally appropriate health services to refugee students
- Identify strategies to mental health service planning and delivery that can be incorporated into school health
- Identify at least two actions school nurses can take to support the health needs of incoming refugee students
Please note that this is a tentative agenda and is subject to change.
|Welcome and Introductions||5 mins|
New arrivals and refugee resettlement across Massachusetts communities
Health Status and Medical Care of Newly Arrived Refugee Children
Fostering Resilience Among Youth, Families, and Communities of Refugee Immigrant Backgrounds
|Wrap up & Q&A||20 mins|
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Marisa Chiang is the Associate Director of MDPH's Bureau of Infectious Division of Global Populations and Infectious Disease Prevention where she oversees a contracted network of community health centers and hospitals delivering refugee health assessment and tuberculosis outpatient services. She has worked with the Massachusetts Department of Public Health in refugee health since 2006 supporting community health worker programs in providing health outreach and education to new refugees and immigrants. Marisa moved from California to Boston and received her MPH degree from Boston University’s School of Public Health, with a focus on maternal and child health. The strengths that refugee and immigrant communities bring as they build a life for themselves and their families in the United State are at the center of her work, as are the challenges that new arrivals face
Paul Geltman, MD
Dr. Paul Geltman brings over 25 years of experience to his role as the first CMO of the Upham’s Corner Health Center in Dorchester. Dr. Geltman started his career as a pediatrics resident at Upham’s Corner and then continued on as a full staff member before moving on to the Whittier Street Health Center and then Cambridge Health Alliance. Over the course of his career, he has become a nationally recognized expert on immigrant and refugee health issues.
After graduating from Princeton University, Dr. Geltman received his M.D. and M.P.H degrees from the George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences. He completed his pediatric residency at the Floating Hospital for Children (Tufts Medical Center) and then a post-doctoral fellowship in child advocacy and community pediatrics with a focus on immigrant and refugee health at Boston Medical Center.
With over 50 publications to his name, Dr. Geltman is an Associate Professor of Pediatrics at the Boston University School of Medicine and of Health Policy and Health Services Research at BU’s Henry M. Goldman School of Dental Medicine. In addition, he is the Medical Director for Refugee Health in the Division of Global Populations and Infectious Disease Prevention at the Massachusetts Department of Public Health.
Jeffrey P. Winer, Ph.D.
Jeffrey P. Winer, Ph.D., is an attending psychologist within the Trauma and Community Resilience Center at Boston Children’s Hospital and an instructor of psychology at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Winer’s work is primarily focused on developing, disseminating, and implementing culturally responsive and trauma-informed psychological interventions for youth and families of refugee and immigrant backgrounds. The values of equity, anti-racism, and structural systems change are at the center of this work. He is the recipient of a Thrasher Research Fund Early Career Award and is co-author of Mental Health Practice with Immigrant and Refugee Youth, published by the American Psychological Association in 2019. Outside of his work at Boston Children’s Hospital, he continues to work at the McLean Hospital 3East Adolescent DBT Partial Hospital Program and maintains a private practice. For more information, visit www.drjeffwiner.com.
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