Community Health Promotion & Prevention
Newcomers Health Program
Refugee Health Assessment Program (RHAP).
This program is implemented in collaboration with the Family Health Center's Refugee Medical Clinic at San Francisco General Hospital, where newly arriving refugees, asylees, certified victims of trafficking (and others with designated 'refugee' status) receive health assessments, treatment and referrals. Newcomers Health Program staff provides outreach, health education and medical interpretation for the newly arriving refugees. The health care providers and staff of Refugee Medical Clinic provide the health services for the refugees. This program is funded primarily by the California Department of Public Health, Refugee Health Program.
Medical Interpretation & Patient Health Education.
These services are provided at both Refugee Medical Clinic and Ocean Park Health Center. Medical interpreters/health workers work with Chinese-, Vietnamese-, Bosnian-, Russian- speaking patients at Refugee Medical Clinic, and Russian-speaking patients at Ocean Park Health Center. The purpose is to provide linguistic and cultural access for primary health care newcomer patients. Health education services include one-on-one patient education as well as review, translation and distribution of health materials. These services are funded in part by San Francisco Department of Public Health's General Fund.
Refugee Preventive Health Program (RPHP).
The primary focus of the Refugee Preventive Health Program (RPHP) is to improve follow-up and treatment of chronic health conditions of refugees and asylees which are identified during the initial refugee health assessment process. Through this project Newcomers Health Program is focusing on helping recently arrived refugees and asylees achieve self sufficiency by assisting them in becoming and staying healthy through prevention, early detection treatment and management of cardiovascular-related chronic conditions. Areas of focus include a health education on healthy living and chronic disease prevention, promotion of physical activity and healthy eating, and patient self-management of chronic health conditions in collaboration with Refugee Medical Clinic providers and staff. This program is funded primarily by the California Department of Public Health, Refugee Health Program.
SUNSET Russian Tobacco Education Project.
In collaboration with Bay Area Community Resources, Newcomers Health Program is implementing the SUNSET project. This project focuses on informing the Russian-speaking newcomer community about the impact of tobacco, and developing policies and conducting initiatives to decrease environmental tobacco smoke exposure and tobacco use in the community. Funding for this program comes from the California Department of Public Health, Tobacco Control Program.
Other Programs and Services
- Community Assessments - Newcomers Health Program conducts assessments of the different refugee communities in San Francisco. One purpose of the assessments is to research health, resettlement, and other issues affecting refugees. A second purpose is to initiate a community organizing process by integrating community input and process into the assessments. These assessments help develop our understanding of the refugees' overall health and well-being, determine future directions and collaborations for Newcomers Health Program, and lead to local efforts to positively impact the communities. Please go to Newcomers reports to view or download copies of our reports.
- Community Presentations and Workshops - Educational workshops are conducted for refugees and immigrants at collaborating community-based organizations, with topics such as tuberculosis education, healthier lifestyles, smoking, breast and cervical cancer, the health care system, and family planning, on an as-requested and available basis. In addition, staff present to community agencies on various issues related to providing health and social services to newcomers. Topics include cultural and health issues of refugees and immigrants, as well as effective use of medical interpreters.
- Information and Referral Services - Newcomers Health Program also assists new refugees and immigrants learn about and access needed services through our bilingual/bicultural staff and our community referral guide.
Newcomers Health Program is one of the founding agency of SF-CAIRS, the San Francisco Coalition for Asylees, Immigrants and Refugee Services. The Newcomers Health Program Coordinator is also the current SF-CAIRS secretary. Please visit Staff, Sites & Collaborations for more information on SF-CAIRS.