Primary prevention for resettled refugees from Burma: Where to begin?

Title: Primary prevention for resettled refugees from Burma: Where to begin?

Author: Haley, Heather-Lyn; Walsh, Meredith; Tin Maung, Nang H.; Savage, Clara P. and Cashman, Suzanne

Publication: Journal of Community Health

Date: 2013

Description: This research article argues that active primary prevention initiatives may help recently arrived refugees better maintain health in a new environment by keeping their own healthy cultural habits and building an awareness of harmful habits to avoid. The researchers developed an exploratory research project in conjunction with medical and nursing students and the Worcester Refugee Association Project (WRAP) to explore the knowledge of recently arrived Burmese refugees in Worcester, MA concerning eating behaviors, physical activity and sleep habits. With community members, the authors collaboratively developed and pilot tested a healthy living curriculum in focus groups.  The findings identified seven themes as particularly relevant: food choices, living environment, health information, financial stress, mobility/ transportation, social interaction and recreation, and hopes and dreams.  The study concluded that the refugees had a basic knowledge of healthy lifestyles but desired more specific information about recommended guidelines for healthy living and how to follow them. The results also suggest that community health workers would be effective in delivering this information since the refugees are familiar with and comfortable with community health outreach workers from their experience in refugee camps. The results of the research may prove useful for future health promotion with refugees from Burma.

Keywords: refugee health, prevention, healthy eating, physical activities, community-based participatory research

Cataloged by: Selina Sikder/ B.J. Perkins

World Farmers Annual Report

Title: World Farmers annual report

Author: World Farmers

Date: 2016 –

Description: World Farmers supports immigrant, refugee and historically under-served farmers.  The organization provides land access, training, technical assistance, market and marketing support, and connections to viable commercial markets. Flats Mentor Farm located in Lancaster, Massachusetts has supported participating farmers since 1984.

Keywords: agriculture, farming, farmers. refugee farmers, immigrant farmers, small-scale farming, mentoring, specialty crops, Community Supported Agriculture

Worcester Chamber of Commerce: Recruiting Minority Business Owners

Title: Worcester Chamber of Commerce: Recruiting Minority Business Owners

Author: DiMaria, Ryan, Alexander Hull, Xikun Lu, Haopeng Wang, Jiacheng Hou, and Danning Zhao

Date: 2019

Description: Master’s paper, Clark University, School of Professional Studies

This report is based on a Capstone project whose purpose was to help the Worcester Regional Chamber of Commerce better market themselves to appeal to immigrant and minority owned businesses.

Keywords: immigrant owned businesses, minority owned businesses, business owners, recruitment, marketing, small businesses

Imaginarte: Unaccompanied Refugee Minors Tell Their Stories of Belonging Through Photography

Title: Imaginarte: Unaccompanied refugee minors tell their stories of belonging through photography

Author: Loustaunau, Esteban

Date: 2019

Description: This article describes a literacy through photography (LTP) project. The participants were a group of teenagers from Central America in the Unaccompanied Refugee Minors (URM) Program at Ascentria Care in Worcester MA. In collaboration with college students from Assumption College in Worcester the teenagers produced photographs that expressed their interpretations of cultural identity, adaptation and reinvention as they transitioned to life in the United States.

Keywords: youth, unaccompanied minors, life experiences, community service, cultural reinvention, belonging

Barriers to Mental Health Services: Narratives from Community Stakeholders

Title: Barriers to mental health services: Narratives from community stakeholders

Author: Torres Stone, Rosalie A. 

Publication: 2017 Massachusetts Family Impact Seminar, The Mosakowski Institute for Public Enterprise

Date: 2017

Description:  This brief and power point presentation highlight the challenges immigrant and refugee populations in particular have in accessing mental health services and offer policy recommendations to improve mental services and remove barriers to treatment.

Keywords: mental health services, stigma, cultural sensitivity




Refugee Case Files as an Indicator of Housing Needs

Title: Refugee Case Files as an Indicator of Housing Needs

Author: Weilbacher, Molly

Date: 2018

Description: Master’s Paper, Clark University, International Development, Community and Environment (IDCE)

This paper considers indicators from refugee’s case files at a local resettlement agency to delve into the question of how the agency’s reporting process can best serve resettled refugees in their ability to secure and sustain housing.

Keywords: resettlement, agencies, housing, integration, indicators

Refugee Self Organization: The Effects of Organizations on Refugees

Title: Refugee Self Organization: The Effects of Organizations on Refugees

Author: Hurmuzlu, Ayfer

Date: 2017

Description: Master’s Paper, Clark University, International Development, Community and Environment (IDCE)

This paper addresses the following questions: How do refugees self organize themselves upon arrival to a new country? and How do self-help organizations help them transition into integration?

Keywords: integration, organizations