The Refugee Health Promotion Program works to improve the health and well-being of refugee populations in Kentucky through health education, promotion and systems change. The Program supports improved health literacy for service providers across disciplines, as well as refugee community members. The impacts of the refugee experience, including trauma, on health and social adjustment is a key area of focus in our program offerings.
Funded activities support:
- Interpretation and technical assistance for culturally tailored health orientations, preventive health classes and mental wellness groups
- Coordination of community-based primary care and mental health services
- Trainings and technical assistance to outside service partners to ensure trauma-informed and culturally and linguistically appropriate care and services.
- A pilot community health worker integration program through Family Health Centers to address complex health needs of Congolese mothers and infants
We engage refugee leaders in cross-cultural trainings and interventions culturally adapted to refugee communities to build community capacity and partnership for chronic disease management, psychosocial support and nutrition gains.
Catholic Charities’ Migration and Refugee Services
Kentucky Refugee Ministries (Louisville and Lexington offices)
Family Health Centers
Additionally, the program provides funding for Pathways to Wellness groups held in Bowling Green and Owensboro which support emotional well-being and adjustment.