World Refugee Day at MIHS
On June 20, 2011, Refugee Women’s Health Clinic (RWHC) celebrated World Refugee Day. World Refugee Day is an opportunity for MIHS to showcase the unique services provided to the growing refugee communities of the Phoenix Metropolitan region. Since October 2008, the RWHC at MIHS has provided reproductive health services entailing prenatal care and gynecologic care to women, while increasing our partnership with Pediatrics and Mental Health Services. In addition the RWHC has made significant inroads in partnering with our various community stakeholders including refugee resettlement agencies and ethnic community organizations in addressing and meeting the dynamic and diverse needs of this vulnerable population.
Much research has been conducted via Community-Based Participatory Research (CBPR) in designing programs and implementing measures to enhance patient experience and ease the health system navigation process for patients. We have conducted numerous educational seminars on the MIHS campus and throughout the community, and have made significant strides in building community-capacity and trust while meeting the various language needs in the provision of culturally sensitive care. In the process, the RWHC has been highlighted in various media sources and has garnered numerous awards and recognition as a beacon in the community for refugee health and empowerment. Furthermore, the RWHC is supported by a skilled and knowledgeable team of volunteers with diverse cultural backgrounds, many of whom are multi-lingual and represent the cultural backgrounds of our patients. We continue to deliver culturally relevant presentations at the local and national level to help educate providers on the health care priorities of these populations.
To show your support to the wonderful multicultural staff of the RWHC or learn more about the milestones achieved please stop by the 2nd floor of the Comprehensive Health Center located at 2525 E. Roosevelt Street, Phoenix, AZ 85008.