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Refugee Health Planning

MCD Public Health supported the Maine CDC in preparatory work toward developing a Refugee Health Plan while enhancing the MeCDC's engagement in improving health equity across Maine CDC programs. This included conducting outreach to share information with and collect information from refugees, asylum seekers, secondary immigrants, and other "New Mainers." Undertaken in partnership with United Somali Women of Maine, we held multiple community forums, collected several hundred surveys from New Mainers and conducted training for service providers from 2011 - 2013. The information from these encounters helped inform the OHE refugee health planning and future training curriculum.

Region Served: Maine - Statewide, with initial emphasis on Cumberland and Androscoggin counties.

Focus Areas: access to care, effectiveness of care, cultural competence

Tools: training, technical assistance, quality improvement, community organizing, policy analysis

Funders: Administration on Children and Families, US Department of Health and Human Services, through the MeCDC Office of Health Equity

Partners: United Somali Women of Maine

Contact: Danielle Louder or Elizabeth Foley, MBA, Co-Directors
dlouder@mcdph.org or efoley@mcdph.org, 207-622-7566 x225 or x297

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