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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 United States

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): 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).

Guide: Refugee Wellness Country Guide – Burma (Myanmar) Rohingya

Author(s): National Partnership for Community Training (NPCT)
Date: October 1, 2017
Topic(s): Cultural Awareness, Mental Health and Wellness
Subtopic(s): Country Guides
This guide explains the situation of the Rohingya population in Myanmar and offers tips for resettlement workers and mental health providers. The history of the Rohingya people in Burma (Myanmar) dates back to the 15th century. Despite this history in Burma, the Rohingya are not viewed as legal citizens or recognized as one of the …

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Guide: Refugee Wellness Country Guide – Iraq

Author(s): National Partnership for Community Training (NPCT)
Date: September 1, 2017
Topic(s): Cultural Awareness, Mental Health and Wellness
Subtopic(s): Country Guides
This guide offers information on the mental health considerations, healthcare, beliefs, customs, language and history of Iraq. Iraq encompasses most of the land that was once the ancient region of Mesopotamia, commonly referred to as the “cradle of civilization” due to its development of agriculture and the concept of the city-state.  Iraq’s rich cultural heritage …

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