Welcome to Refugee Health - Vancouver

Refugee Health Vancouver is a practical resource to support clinicians who provide care to refugees in British Columbia.

Need a patient handout on diabetes in Farsi? Looking for a Spanish-speaking dentist in Vancouver who offers reduced fees? Not sure what convention refugees are, why they would flee Myanmar, or how you can bill to care for them? This site pulls together the answers for you.

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Medical Guidelines

Health literacy toolbox lesson plans

  • Health Literacy can be defined as the ability to access, understand, evaluate, and communicate information as a way to promote, maintain and improve health in a variety of settings across the life-course (Canadian Public Health Association, 2008).
  • The Canadian Council on Learning (2007) reports that sixty-percent of Canadians lack the skills necessary to manage their health adequately.
  • Newcomers to Canada face even greater challenges (Canadian Public Health Association, 2008).
  • As clinicians, we are trained to manage our patients’ acute and chronic medical conditions. However, we are not equipped to assess and promote health literacy and settlement in clinical practice.
  • Health Literacy tools are needed to assess and promote print literacy, oral literacy, and numeracy skills as part of primary care in refugee health.
  • (more: Introduction)

Settlement Stamps Guide:

Settlement stamps can be used at each primary care encounter to assist with the assessment of health literacy and overall settlement. 

Calendar Individual Lesson Plan:

A step-by-step lesson plan to assess and promote calendar literacy.

Medication List Individual Lesson Plan:

A step-by-step lesson plan to assess and promote medication knowledge and adherance. 

Business Card Holder Guide for Use:

Tips for using a business card holder to assess and promote patient self-management of their health care and settlement needs. 

 

Creative Commons License 

Health Literacy Toolbox Lesson Plans by Lynn Farrales is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 Unported License.

The above lesson plans were created to share one approach for using the tools. They are a work in progress and meant to be modified as needed for different contexts, while maintaining respect for patient preference, choice and input. They have not yet been validated.

Written by Lynn Farrales MD (June 19, 2011)
Reviewed/updated by Martina Scholtens MD (September 29, 2015)

Patient Handouts

Translated educational handouts on health issues.

Other Patient Handout Catalogues

Settlement (Orientation, Screening, Legal)

Child Health & Parenting, Other Patient Handout Catalogues

Anemia

Mental Health

Women's Health & Pregnancy

General Medical

Diabetes, Nutrition & Lifestyle

Child Health & Parenting

Diabetes, Nutrition & Lifestyle, Anemia

Infectious Disease

Community Resources

Dentists, physiotherapists and other community resources who speak other languages, accept IFH or offer reduced fees.

Pharmacy
Cross cultural mental health
Midwifery
Cross cultural mental health
Settlement, Legal, Parenting, Cross cultural mental health
Optometry
Parenting
Parenting
Settlement, Cross cultural mental health
Parenting
Podiatry + orthotics
Physiotherapy
Physiotherapy
Physiotherapy
Parenting
Disability
Disability
Dentistry
Settlement, Cross cultural mental health
Cross cultural mental health
Cross cultural mental health
Settlement
Cross cultural mental health
Cross cultural mental health
Physiotherapy
Physiotherapy
Physiotherapy
Settlement
Legal
Recreation
Recreation
Physiotherapy
Legal
Lab/radiology
Cross cultural mental health
Settlement
Settlement
Pharmacy
Cross cultural mental health
Physiotherapy
Settlement, Parenting, Cross cultural mental health
Settlement
Physiotherapy
Pharmacy
Physiotherapy
Podiatry + orthotics
Cross cultural mental health
Cross cultural mental health
Legal
Recreation
Recreation
Legal
Cross cultural mental health
Settlement, Legal
Cross cultural mental health
Physiotherapy
Cross cultural mental health
Settlement
Settlement
Pharmacy
Cross cultural mental health
Physiotherapy
Parenting
Cross cultural mental health
Settlement, Legal
Cross cultural mental health
Cross cultural mental health
Cross cultural mental health
Cross cultural mental health
Cross cultural mental health
Pharmacy

Cultural Profiles

An overview of the main countries from which Canada receives refugees, with a focus on political and health issues.