Materials for New Populations Colleen Mahar-Piersma November 17, 2008 Refugee Health Information Network Symposium
Cultural Orientation Resource Center at CAL Funded by the State Department’s Bureau of Population, Refugees and Migration to: • Research, develop and disseminate resources about refugee training and resettlement; • Provide technical assistance to refugee service providers regarding refugees’ native cultures, languages and orientation needs; and • Develop a globally linked network to exchange refugee orientation information, concerns, and best practices.
Research, develop and disseminate resources about refugee training and resettlement • Welcome to the United States: Guidebook for Refugeeshttp://www.cal.org/co/publications/welcome.html Health Section: pp. 69-75 • And Welcome video: http://www.cal.org/co/publications/orientation.html • Overseas Service Provider Toolkit: http://www.cal.org/co/overseas/toolkit/index.html Health lessons: two • Domestic Service Provider Toolkithttp://www.cal.org/co/domestic/toolkit/index.html Health lessons: four • Cultural Orientation for Refugees: A Handbook for U.S. Trainershttp://www.cal.org/resources/pubs/COmanual.html Health lessons: three
TA to service providers re: refugees’ cultures, languages, and orientation needs • Refugee Backgrounders (Basic and Enhanced) and Culture Profiles Refugees from Iraq: coming soon Refugees from Burma: http://www.cal.org/co/publications/cultures/burmese.html • Overseas CO Program HighlightMost recent (currently Iranians in Vienna, Bhutanese in Nepal coming soon):http://www.cal.org/co/overseas/program_highlight.html Archive (West Africa, East Africa, Iraq, Burma, Burundi:http://www.cal.org/co/overseas/prog_high_archive.html
Develop network to exchange refugee orientation information, concerns, and best practices. • Refugee Discussion electronic discussion group • Membership limited to Overseas Processing Entity staff, overseas CO providers, and staff of agencies providing direct services to refugees in the U.S. • Members include State Health Coordinators, State Refugee Coordinators, overseas CO providers, domestic resettlement staff, school liaisons, police liaisons, etc. • Archive available so members can view previous postings • Over 900 members • Presentations, workshops, etc. • Personal contacts to submit resources, information, questions, etc.
Cultural Orientation Resource Center, Center for Applied Linguistics • COR Center Publications: Welcome to the United States (book and video) Refugee Backgrounders Refugee Culture Profiles (Available for download or purchase on the COR Center Web site, at www.calstore.cal.org) • COR Center Web site: www.culturalorientation.net for curricula/lesson plans, information on overseas CO programs, etc. • Refugee Discussion email discussion group: write COR@CAL.orgto join • Call for information: 202-362-0700