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Refugee and Immigrant Health and Wellbeing

inset localEfforts to improve global health can happen anywhere, including the Atlanta metropolitan area. In addition to vulnerable populations living in low- and middle-income countries, EGHI is committed to working on ways to improve the health and wellbeing of local, vulnerable populations.

Under the direction of Associate Director Dr. Parminder Suchdev, EGHI is exploring ways it can improve the health and wellbeing of Atlanta’s refugee and immigrant populations. With support from Kaiser Permanente of Georgia, EGHI has been working with members of the Emory community and external partners to determine the best way Emory University can build a coalition of stakeholders that works together on specific initiatives designed to improve the health and wellbeing of these local communities. This work has resulted in the founding of the Refugee and Immigrant Health & Wellness Alliance (RIHWA).

EGHI activities include a January 2018 Global Health Forum focused on refugee and immigrant health and EGHI’s 2018 Intramural Emory Global Health Case Competition, which asked student teams to address refugee health in Atlanta. RIHWA activities have included a community assessment of the Clarkston, GA community (preliminary findings available here) and a conference called the Clarkston Summit, which on November 10, 2018, brought community members, researchers, and community organization representatives together to learn from each other and make connections with each other. 

Upcoming activities will include the development of a web-based refugee provider toolkit. Please check back for additional details. For more information, check out the following articles and videos on RIHWA and the Clarkston Summit.

Global Health Institute Launches Refugee and Immigrant Health & Wellness Alliance
Community Invited to Clarkston Summit
Clarkston Summit Lays Foundation for Deeper Community Engagement
Clarkston Summit Plenary Session Video
Dreams Get Real

Global Health in the U.S.

EGHI has also supported initiatives designed to improve the health of immigrants, refugees, migrant workers, and other vulnerable populations throughout the state of Georgia and in other parts of the U.S. through its faculty seed grant and student field scholar programs. Information about other local and domestic global health projects can be found on our US country page.