Addressing the Need for Mental Health Screening of Newly Resettled Refugees

  • A Pilot Project
  • Kelly Polcher, Susan Calloway
  • Journal of Primary Care & Community Health, March 2016, SAGE Publications
  • DOI: 10.1177/2150131916636630

Addressing refugee mental health screening

What is it about?

Pilot project on implementing standardized mental health screening of adult refugees in Fargo, ND.

Why is it important?

United States is lacking in regards to providing mental health screening of refugees. Refugees are at much greater risk of emotional and mental health distress due to pre- and post-migration experiences.


Dr Kelly A Polcher
Family Healthcare

Poor physical and mental health can have a negative impact on adaptation and quality of life following resettlement. Countries providing resettlement opportunities to refugees have the responsibility to ensure overall health is being addressed upon resettlement. This includes mental well-being.

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