Iraqi Survivors

Environmental, Nutrition and Health Issues in a US Refugee Resettlement Community

Lauren Sastre MS and Lauren Haldeman PhD. MEDICC Review, October 2015, Vol 17, No 4

In 2012, North Carolina ranked in the top ten states in refugee resettlement, with central Guilford County one of the most diverse in the southeast. This study examined the local resettlement environmental, nutrition and health barriers and needs of refugees in Guilford County, as perceived by individuals providing services to them. Perceptions were consistent across participants regarding a diverse local refugee population.

The Prevalence of Torture and Associated Symptoms in United States Iraqi Refugees

This article is by Dr. Mara Rabin of UHHR and Dr. Cynthia Willard.

Iraqi refugees face difficulties resettling in the US, which may be partially due to high rates of torture. This study determines the rates of torture experience, primary and secondary, among Iraqi refugees in the US; and the association to physical and mental health symptoms on arrival.

World Health Organization's Iraqi Mental Health Survey 2006/7 Report

We are pleased to publish this survey, the first ever of its kind for Iraq, which provides evidence to inform our health policies and strategies about the prevalence of mental health disease and the impact of violence upon the Iraqi people. This survey should be seen as the first step towards providing mental health evidence-based data for the revision, further development, and the establishment of policies and strategies to strengthen mental health services in Iraq.

Working with Chaldeans

The Chaldeans are Roman Catholics from Iraq, whose history predates that of Christ. They have been influential since the beginning of civilization in ancient Mesopotamia. Under the former regime of Saddam Hussein, religious freedom became constrained, resulting in ethnic cleansing and mass exodus from the region. Many Chaldeans reported the harsh conditions they faced in the transit states, especially the unavailability of employment opportunities.

Upon arrival in the United States, many face the same concern of employment, as well as other factors that can affect the acculturation

Iraqi Torture Survivors: Panel Discussion with Experienced Service Providers

This webinar is a panel discussion that attempts to answer questions that health care providers face when working with Iraqi torture survivors. Topics include suggestions to work with clients that have deep distrust of officials, fall into social isolation, and have struggles resettling in the United States. The presenters also answer questions from the panel in regards to the emotion of Iraqis in seeking treatment from American health care providers as a result of the on-going conflict in Iraq. Also, ways to work with intra-faith (Sunni/Shia) issues in Iraqi patients.

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