Category Archives: Immigrant health

New terrain adds different stressors to the lives of refugees in the United States

By: Alisa Reznick When immigrants gain legal refugee status in the United States, one might consider the next few steps to be significantly easier than whatever situation the refugees have escaped. However, as the Marginalized Populations panel made clear, gaining refugee status … Continue reading

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Helping immigrants cope with traumatic experience

By Celina Kareiva Amineh Ayyad, a Palestinian refugee herself, has created a unique program called Mothers Empowering Mothers to help immigrant women from the Middle East cope with worries about escalating violence in their home countries. Ayyad’s program offered cooking … Continue reading

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Class helps deaf Bhutanese refugees restart lives

By Allison Barrett Dhan Biswakarma and his wife, Bee Biswakarma, who live in Kent, are among several deaf Bhutanese refugees who have been learning American Sign Language at Highline Community College. Nancy Allen, an American Sign Language (ASL) teacher at … Continue reading

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For Somali women, health program eases the pain of war, exile

By Andrew Doughman The Harborview Medical Center nurse faced a conundrum. Several doctors had told Bria Chakofsky-Lewy that a group of Somali women patients had aches and pains they could not treat successfully. Chakofsky-Lewy, who supervises a program for immigrants … Continue reading

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Free compact, expensive care

By Peter Sessum Serah Alexander lives under the crushing weight of medical bills. The mother of three was diagnosed with metastatic breast cancer that has spread to her bones. Lifesaving medications, treatments and tests will cost up to $300,000 that … Continue reading

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