Year of Publication

2016

College

Public Health

Degree Name

Master of Public Health (M.P.H.)

Committee Chair

Katherine Eddens, PhD

Committee Member

Christina Studts, PhD

Committee Member

Corrine Williams, ScD, MS

Abstract

This project proposes to implement a multi-level, trauma-informed care approach to refugee services in Lexington, KY. The intervention will be carried out at three sites, the Bluegrass Community Health Center, the Kentucky Refugee Ministries, and the Lexington Global Engagement Center. These sites were chosen because of their extensive work with the refugee community. The intervention proposed is Risking Connection, a SAMHSA recommended trauma-informed care program, with a cultural-sensitivity training module and marketing campaign, and a group therapy pilot intervention for Congolese women based on the Bashal program at the Center for Torture and Trauma Survivors. The short-term goals of this intervention include an increase in site readiness for offering mental health services, provider satisfaction in the Risking Connection training, an increase in patient satisfaction with service, an increase in the number of refugees screened and referred to mental health services, and the establishment the group therapy pilot and the creation of a social activist group composed of the members of the pilot. Each component will be subject to a rigorous evaluation model. This program’s long term goals are to create a more integrative and supportive approach to mental health services for refugees and to increase the availability of culturally-appropriate mental health services in Lexington, KY.

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