What you will learn:

This session will explore the cultural nuances to health access within refugee and immigrant populations - the vulnerabilities, stigma, and understanding of the American healthcare system, the concept of refugee and immigrant mental health, nutrition, stress management, and general approaches to healthcare. We will examine the adjustment challenges of refugees/immigrants once they settle in the United States with emphasis on past trauma, and new stressors.

Learning Objectives:
  1. For participants to have adequate understanding of mental health challenges of refugees/immigrants, their resettlement challenges, cultural differences, traumatic barriers, concepts of cultural idioms of expression and perception of healthcare.
  2. Increase cultural competency and gain understanding of refugee families’ diverse cultures and their approach to post-care vs. preventative health, mental health etc.
  3. Understand the importance and benefits of applying a holistic approach involving families in the planning, governance, outreach, and development of organizations.
  4. Understand how resilience, past experiences, and learning about refugees’ diverse cultures can benefit both providers and refugees/immigrants themselves.

About the instructor:

Dr. Omar Bah is a former journalist, refugee, and torture survivor from The Gambia in West Africa. His experience as one of the world’s most wanted journalists led him on a professional and personal journey to the United States. He holds a master’s degree in Public Administration, a Master's in Counseling Psychology in Global Mental Health, and a PsyD in Leadership Psychology. In 2015, Dr. Bah founded the Refugee Dream Center, helping thousands of immigrants, refugees and others find affordable housing, purchase their first home, access job training, and find employment. He is a published author, and represents the state of Rhode Island at the Refugee Congress of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees. Dr. Bah has completed trauma treatment certification at the Harvard Program in Refugee Trauma, and does trauma based therapy.

Omar is immensely thankful to the United States for giving him a chance for a second life. He now uses his story to support refugees who are passing through the same journey today. Dr. Bah has offered dozens of motivational speeches and training seminars, and workshops on refugee, trauma, and international issues at various conferences, universities and public forums.
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Suggested Length:60 min
# of Employees: Flexible
Delivery: Live via Zoom
Available Formats:
  • Keynote Followed by Q&A
  • Lecture with Discussion
  • Interactive Workshop

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