Culturally effective practice with refugees in community health centers: an exploratory study
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Citation (published version)Nicole Dubus, Ashley Davis. "Community-based social work practice with refugees: A descriptive study." Advances in Social Work, Vol. 18, No. 3. https://doi.org/10.18060/21731
The global refugee crisis requires providers of health and behavioral health services to develop culturally-effective practices that can meet the needs of the ever-changing demographics of those being resettled. Community health centers in the United States are often asked to provide services during the first year of resettlement for refugees. Social workers are among those professionals who provide the behavioral health services in the community health centers. To better understand the challenges for these providers, this qualitative study examines the experiences of 15 providers of refugee behavioral health services at community health centers in the northeast of the United States. The participants were interviewed,and those transcribed interviews were analyzed for themes. Findings revealed three main themes: client engagement as crucial; collaboration with interpreters; and cultural competence is an imperative but ill-defined. Important implications focus on the needfor cultural competence and the challenge to obtain this competence given the resources and demands in community health centers.
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