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.

For comments, suggestions and corrections please contact us.

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Medical Guidelines

Mental Health Further Reading

Websites

  • Centre for Refugee Studies | York University
    A community of researchers dedicated to the well-being of people displaced by violence, persecution, human rights abuses, and environmental degradation, the Centre for Refugee Studies (CRS) is responding through innovative research, education and policy engagement. 
  • Trauma and Global Health Program | McGill University
    A global health research initiative that stems from a partnership between the Douglas Institute - McGill University and research teams based in Guatemala, Nepal, Peru and Sri Lanka. Its purpose is to improve the mental health of civilians exposed to political violence and/or natural disasters, to foster psychosocial rehabilitation and recovery and to generate improved mental health policies and services in the participating countries. 
  • Canadian Centre for Victims of Torture 
    A non-profit, founded by several Toronto doctors, lawyers and social service professionals, many of whom were associated with Amnesty International.  
  • The Harvard Program in Refugee Trauma (HPRT)
    A multi-disciplinary program that has, over two decades, been pioneering the health and mental health care of refugees and civilians in areas of conflict/post-conflict and natural disasters. HPRT’s model, which focuses on the identification and treatment of extreme trauma (natural and human-made) through local indigenous healing systems, primary care, and community organizations, has been replicated throughout the world. 
  • The National Consortium of Torture Treatment Programs (NCTTP)
    A U.S. based network of programs whose purpose is to advance the knowledge, technical capacities and resources devoted to the care of torture survivors living in the United States and acts collectively to prevent torture worldwide. 
  • The Center for Victims of Torture 
    A torture rehabilitation center in America's midwest whose healing, training, research and advocacy initiatives have global impact. They provide healing to torture survivors in Minnesota, Africa and the Middle East and train partners across the United States and in every region of the world.
  • LGBT Refugees Mental Health and Access to Healthcare
  • Mental Health Challenges for LGBT Asylum Seekers in Canada 
    Information sheet intended to be a resource for service providers who work with LGBT asylum seekers 

Presentations

Tools

Original list above compiled by Mariana Martinez Vieyra - Provincial Mental Health Coordinator. 
Expanded by Martina Scholtens MD CCFP.

 

BC Refugee Readiness Fund is part of the WelcomeBC 
umbrella of services, made possible through funding 
from the Province of British Columbia.

(March 30, 2016)
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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
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.