Author(s): Rebekah J. SALT ; Margaret E. COSTANTINO ; Emma L. DOTSON ; Bruce M. PAPER
Resettlement can be an uncertain time for refugees as they have often suffered life-threatening circumstances prior to flight from their countries, yet few resettlement programs screen for mental health. The purpose of this study was to pilot the Refugee Health Screener-15 (RHS-15) to assess mental health and the Pathways to Wellness intervention to identify internal and structural barriers affecting resettlement with a refugee women’s sewing group. Community collaborations that create healthy social and physical environments through access to resources, economic opportunities, and social support promote a holistic approach to health and can improve quality of life for this vulnerable population.
Tags: Women, Refugees, Community, Social support, Screening, Access to mental health care