This Bass Connections project serves as the pilot for an ambitious multidisciplinary effort to develop a culturally appropriate, robust healthcare model that can help reduce health disparities among some of Durham’s newest, most vulnerable community members. In 2017-2018, this project team will study three central questions:
- What are the most significant health needs of Durham’s refugee children, as perceived by their families and themselves, as well as by the medical community?
- What barriers to accessing care currently perpetuate these health disparities?
- How can these barriers be overcome?
The team will be engaged in these six activities:
- Conduct an appraisal of existing models of refugee healthcare elsewhere in the U.S., in order to learn from the particular strengths and weaknesses of concurrent efforts.
- Investigate current health systems available to refugee families in Durham, scouting the various pathways to care as well as common pitfalls.
- Create a research design for a comprehensive needs assessment of physical and mental health needs among refugee children and their caregivers in Durham.
- Collect quantitative and qualitative data for needs assessment.
- Design and plan a culturally appropriate intervention based on results from prior activities as well as reactions from a meeting with key stakeholders.
- Disseminate research deliverables to local refugee care providers and potential funders.
Ultimately, this pilot aims to lay the foundation for a model of healthcare delivery that will meet the multidimensional needs of refugee children the local community.