2018 Refugee Integration Conference

On October 30th and 31st, our agency hosted our 2018 Refugee Integration Conference. Over the course of two days, community members discussed ways in which collectively we can provide trauma relief, encourage civic participation, and promote economic integration for refugees and immigrants. Partnerships in the public, private, nonprofit agencies, and service providers focused on trauma and the healing process within our healthcare system. In addition, speakers showcased best practices from the field, and provided state-level information around the economic costs associated with the under-utilization of immigrant professionals. For your convenience, we have provided the presentations below.

 

 

ASPIRE – Adult Education and Literacy, Licensing Charts, and Career Preparation

 

What You’ll Learn:

  • Aspire offers integrated English language and occupational skills training.
  • Aspire has 49 different programs throughout Ohio.
  • Aspire offers “bridge” classes to employment and post-secondary.
  • Some libraries are lending out hot spots for digital literacy to help with digital barriers of New Americans.

 

Upwardly Global – Leadership Skills, Talent Sourcing, Data and Learning Management Programs

 

What You’ll Learn:

  • A holistic framework for assisting New American clients.
  • How to build organizational partnerships.
  • Re-skilling and licensing New Americans.
  • How to teach professional skills to clients.

 

Immigrant/Refugee Workforce Navigation Resources

 

What You’ll Learn:

  • Advocating for workforce policies inclusive to immigrants.
  • Clear plans for addressing immigrant job-seekers needs.
  • How Ohio compares to other states in addressing New American needs.
  • Policy changes and barriers to resources.

 

Trauma and Substance Abuse in Refugees and Immigrants

 

What You’ll Learn:

  • Epidemiology of trauma and substance abuse in refugees.
  • Trauma disparities among refugee groups.
  • Integration challenges in the Bhutanese refugee community.
  • Mental health, anxiety, depression, and PTSD in refugee populations.

 

Heart of Ohio Family Health Centers – Accessing Comprehensive Care

 

What You’ll Learn:

  • Access to quality care regardless of patients ability to pay.
  • Trauma informed care in the New American community.
  • The social determinants of health.
  • Trauma-informed principles within Heart of Ohio Family Health.

 

Trauma Informed Care for Refugees and Survivors of Torture

 

What You’ll Learn:

  • Definition of torture.
  • The prevalence of torture.
  • Common methods of torture.
  • Comprehensive services available for survivors.

 

HIAS – The Public Narrative

 

What You’ll Learn: 

  • Understanding your audience and platform.
  • How to evoke emotion through story.
  • The power of self-story.
  • Developing a strategy and encouraging others to take action.

 

HIAS – Taking Action for Refugees

 

What You’ll Learn: 

  • The impact of mid-term elections on New Americans
  • How to challenge false and hateful information about refugees
  • How to ask candidates to support candidates. 
  • How non-profits can navigate the election process.