Category Archives: SlideShow

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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Kin On Center treats by honoring Chinese culture

By Lucas Anderson It began with necessity, Sam Wan recalls. In a community forged with unity, in the mid 1980’s Seattle’s Chinese found themselves fragmented. Residents needed a cause to bring them together; a continuous strand that would be able … Continue reading

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Mien advocate draws on spirit healing, western medicine

  By Joanna Nolasco If you don’t have insurance, Farm Sirisisangpha can tell you where to apply. If you aren’t up to date with your annual health screenings, she can schedule your appointment for you. If you don’t feel well, … Continue reading

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Helping immigrants learn to talk openly about AIDS

By Chantal Anderson For African immigrants, who come from countries with high HIV/AIDS rates and where the disease is often considered a death sentence, talking about AIDS in the U.S. is often difficult. That’s particularly true for immigrant women, who … Continue reading

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At Harborview’s leprosy clinic, doctors treat stigma along with the disease

By Rachel Solomon When the Filipina woman came to the small clinic at Harborview Medical Center, she was certain the skin lesions that darkened her body were lymphoma. That’s what the doctors initially told her. But when they took a … Continue reading

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