Integrative Healthcare Settings – Exploring Approaches and Benefits for Refugees

The first session of this two-part webinar sought to explore the barriers faced by refugees in accessing both primary healthcare and mental healthcare services and how best to remove these barriers through an integrative healthcare approach. The webinar further discussed team approaches to best coordinate services for refugees through a culturally competent and trauma-informed approach. This webinar illustrated the benefits for refugees to have early mental health screenings and ongoing access to services within integrative healthcare models, shared how the scoring of the RHS-15 can help providers identify patient history, including torture, and described the process of creating strong collaborations among physical health and mental health professionals.

The post-webinar discussion provided an intimate format for service providers to learn from the perspective of a physician working in a Federally Qualified Health Center providing integrative healthcare to refugee populations.