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Program Evaluation for the International Rescue Committee, Tucson, Center for Well-Being

This evaluation contract is now in its 3rd and final year in 2012.  The
Center for Well- Beings goal is to provide behavioral health providers with a
more comprehensive view of refugee mental health issues, and identify trends
within cultural groups and genders. This information will be used to revise
assessment tools used to screen refugees and inform referral protocols. Core
activities include, but are not limited to the following: 1. Baseline
Assessment: Compile baseline information regarding the types and prevalence
of mental health issues presented by various refugee groups, including Iraqi,
Burmese, Bhutanese, Somali and Burundians. This will be accomplished by
creating a questionnaire and surveying service providers. 2. Focus Groups:
The compiled baseline information will be augmented by gathering information
on the cultural perspectives of refugee groups about the causes of mental
health issues and their appropriate treatment. Refugee perspectives will be
ascertained by holding small focus groups and interviewing the In-Home
Well-Being Promoters. 3. Impact Measurement: Develop a pre- and post-test
model to determine Refugee Well Being Project participants knowledge of key
concepts and information delivered through in-home instruction; Develop a
survey to determine Well-Being Project participants confidence regarding
advocacy for themselves and others.
Start Year: 
2010
End Year: 
2012
Researchers: 
D Jean McClelland

The University of Arizona