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Guide: Afghan Backgrounder

Author(s): Cultural Orientation Resource Exchange (CORE)
Date: December 23, 2021
Topic(s): Cultural Awareness
Subtopic(s): Country Guides
This backgrounder contains historical, political, and cultural information to cultivate a general understanding of Afghans arriving in the U.S. The ongoing crisis in Afghanistan is complex and spans decades. CORE produced this backgrounder to aid U.S. Resettlement Agencies (RAs) and their local affiliates in providing culturally appropriate Cultural Orientations (CO) and other services to newly …

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Guide: Tuberculosis Cultural Quick Reference Guide: Afghanistan

Author(s): University of Florida
Date: November 1, 2021
Topic(s): Cultural Awareness, Health
Subtopic(s): Country Guides, Tuberculosis
This two-page Cultural Quick Reference Guide for Afghanistan supports the provider-client relationship by giving country-specific information on cultural norms, health practices, and courtesies to observe to enhance communication. Languages and literacy, personal greetings, naming conventions, and non-verbal signals are included. Facts about tuberculosis (TB) in country with details on stigma, traditional beliefs and remedies used …

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Archived Webinar: Who are the Afghan Newcomers? Understanding the Background and Socio-cultural Strengths and Needs of Afghan Evacuees to the U.S.

Author(s): Switchboard
Date: October 26, 2021
Topic(s): Cultural Awareness
Subtopic(s): Country Guides
Hosted on October 26, 2021, this training was delivered by Farid Saydee, President of Language Mentors International; Durana Saydee, Research Associate with Language Mentors International; Haris Tarin, Sr. Policy Advisor, Dept. of Homeland Security; Rosalind Ghafar Rogers, Consultant with U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants (USCRI); and Wais Khairandesh, Mental Health Therapist.  This webinar provided …

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Guide: Cultural Backgrounders on Newcomer Students

Author(s): USAHello
Date: November 16, 2019
Topic(s): Child, Youth, and Family Services, Cultural Awareness
Subtopic(s): Child and Youth Education, Country Guides
These cultural backgrounders are designed to help teachers and other educators learn about newcomer students and their backgrounds. By being culturally informed, you’ll be better equipped for teaching diverse students in your multicultural classroom. The information is concise so you can quickly learn key information to help you help your students. These cultural background resources …

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Guide: Somali Refugee Health Profile

Author(s): U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
Date: August 9, 2018
Topic(s): Health, Mental Health and Wellness
Subtopic(s): Country Guides
This refugee health profile from the CDC provides detailed information on Somali refugees including their background, priority health conditions, population movements, healthcare and diet, medical screening of U.S.-bound refugees, and health conditions to consider during post-arrival medical screening.

Guide: Cultural Backgrounder: Refugee Families from Somalia

Author(s): Bridging Refugee Youth and Children's Services (BRYCS), Head Start
Date: July 16, 2018
Topic(s): Child, Youth, and Family Services
Subtopic(s): Country Guides
This guide provides general cultural information on refugees and cultural groups from Somalia. This resource provides basic information to help staff begin discussions with families and communities. 

Guide: Cultural Backgrounder: Refugee Families from Iraq

Author(s): Bridging Refugee Youth and Children's Services (BRYCS), Head Start
Date: July 16, 2018
Topic(s): Child, Youth, and Family Services
Subtopic(s): Country Guides
This guide provides general cultural information on refugees and cultural groups from Iraq. This resource provides basic information to help staff begin discussions with families and communities. 

Guide: Cultural Backgrounder: Refugee Families from Burma

Author(s): Bridging Refugee Youth and Children's Services (BRYCS), Head Start
Date: July 16, 2018
Topic(s): Child, Youth, and Family Services
Subtopic(s): Country Guides
This guide provides general cultural information on refugees and cultural groups from Burma (Myanmar). This resource provides basic information to help staff begin discussions with families and communities. 

Guide: Cultural Backgrounder: Bhutanese Refugee Families

Author(s): Bridging Refugee Youth and Children's Services (BRYCS), Head Start
Date: July 16, 2018
Topic(s): Child, Youth, and Family Services
Subtopic(s): Country Guides
This guide provides general cultural information on refugees and cultural groups from Eastern Nepal (Bhutan). This resource provides basic information to help staff begin discussions with families and communities. 

Tool or Template: Ways to Use Cultural Backgrounders

Author(s): Bridging Refugee Youth and Children's Services (BRYCS), Head Start
Date: July 16, 2018
Topic(s): Child, Youth, and Family Services
Subtopic(s): Country Guides
 This tool is designed to assist programs in making use of the four Cultural Backgrounders developed by Bridging Refugee Youth and Children’s Services (BRYCS). It provides basic information to help staff begin discussions, relationships, and partnerships with immigrant and refugee families from Burma, Iraq, Somalia, and Eastern Nepal (Bhutanese).