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From Beyond Our Borders: Providing Health Information to Refugee Populations


This hands-on in-person class is designed to assist librarians and others who work with refugee populations in locating health information. The resources presented are selected for their emphasis on providing culturally relevant information in the preferred language of the population. Background information on refugees in the U.S. and their unique health issues will be presented. Participants will have the opportunity to become familiar with the features and scope of several Internet resources.


At the conclusion of the class, participants will be able to:

  • Understand the definition of "refugee" and identify countries from which refugees are coming to the U.S.
  • Understand the importance of culture in patient health.
  • Identify organizations which specifically work with refugee populations in the U.S.
  • Identify important Internet sites which provide quality health information for refugees to the U.S.

Course Materials

Continuing Education

This class has been approved by the Medical Library Association (MLA) for 2 or 3 contact hours of CE credit.


Greater Midwest Region

Samanthi Hewakapuge, Consumer Health Coordinator, ,

Middle Atlantic Region

Kate Flewelling, Outreach Coordinator, ,

Pacific Northwest Region

Carolyn Martin, Consumer Health Outreach Coordinator, ,

South Central Region

Adela Justice, Consumer Health Coordinator, ,

Southeastern Atlantic Region

Nancy Patterson, Community Outreach Coordinator,

Sheila Snow-Croft, Public Health Coordinator, ,

Update Author

Adela Justice, Consumer Health Coordinator, NN/LM South Central Region

Original Author

Cheryl Rowan, former Public Health Coordinator, NN/LM South Central Region