Refugees arriving in the U.S. have spent an average of 17 years in a refugee camp. In camps, healthcare access is limited. In order to ensure that refugees are healthy enough to become fully-contributing members of our community, the Institute has developed an array of medical services for refugees.
NAHI is a program at the International Institute of Minnesota that helps persons and families with mild medical needs to become self-sufficient.
New American Healthcare Initiative
The Institute has developed the New American Healthcare Initiative (NAHI) in partnership with Open Cities Health Center and HealthEast Roselawn Clinic. NAHI provides refugees in Minnesota with culturally appropriate support and education so that they can achieve foundational stability and access to healthcare resources. NAHI case managers:
- connect clients to medical services expeditiously
- provide case coordination services
- educate refugees on how to navigate the U.S. healthcare system independently
- ensure that refugees receive primary medical, dental, vision, and behavioral services as needed
Mental Health Services
An on-site therapist provides mental health services including stress management, therapy, and counseling. Because mental health issues are stigmatized in many cultures, having an on-site therapist increases the likelihood that students and clients will access needed mental health services.
Extended Case Management
Refugees arriving with severe medical conditions are enrolled into our Extended Case Management Program, which allows clients to access case management services for up to one year.