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New American Neighbors video outreach project on COVID-19 vaccination hesitancy

Our friends at the New American Neighbors video outreach project have just produced and posted a set of nine videos concerning COVID-19 vaccination hesitancy. The videos are in Amharic, Arabic, Dari, French, Nepali, Pashtu, Somali, Spanish, and Tigrinya. Videos in Burmese and Karen will be added soon.

Each video addresses the facts that the COVID-19 vaccine is safe and effective, and has been scientifically tested.

For Providers on Telehealth.HHS.gov: New Telebehavioral Health Care Best Practice Guide

clipart of a person on a telehealth callTelehealth.HHS.gov has added a new best practice guide on telehealth for behavioral health care. Behavioral health – like other areas of health care – has changed significantly due to the COVID-19 public health emergency. It is now easier for mental health providers to offer and get reimbursed for telebehavioral health services. Telehealth can also make behavioral health services safer and more private and convenient for patients who can access care from their home. Find resources in the telebehavioral health best practice guide on getting started, developing a strategy, billing, preparing

CDC Article Highlights Trends in Health Centers’ Telehealth Use during the COVID-19 Pandemic

stockart of a telehealth session on a computerUsing data from 245 health centers that completed the voluntary weekly Health Center COVID-19 Survey, a new CDC article reviews trends in telehealth use, including by U.S. Census region and urban/rural classification, during a 20-week period. Study results underscore the need to sustain expanded telehealth use among health centers and to continue to address barriers to telehealth adoption, particularly in the south and rural areas.

For more information about survey results—including links to dashboards—visit our Health Center COVID-19 Survey page.

CVT PATH Bibliography Q4 2020

CVT's Partners in Trauma Healing (PATH) creates bibliographies every quarter of resources for current literature on the topic of the mental health status of and treatments for torture survivors, war trauma survivors, refugees, and asylum seekers. This also includes research in the area of social work that relates directly to the psychological well-being of these populations. The compilation below includes peer reviewed journal article citations in these areas and links to the publicly available abstracts and full text versions of these articles.

National Resource Center for Refugees, Immigrants, and Migrants (NRC-RIM) Website Now Live

The National Resource Center for Refugees, Immigrants, and Migrants logo. Background gradient from blue to light blue-green. Logo includes white circle.

Our CDC partners would like you to know that the National Resource Center for Refugees, Immigrants and Migrants (NRC-RIM) has officially launched its website!

The National Resource Center for Refugees, Immigrants, and Migrants (NRC-RIM) is funded by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to provide assistance and resources to state and local health departments working with refugee, immigrant, and migrant communities that have been disproportionately affected by COVID-19. More than just a library, NRC-RIM empowers organizations to replicate best practices from across the country, increase their knowledge of key concepts for serving RIM communities, and ultimately serve more people than ever before. Whether you need COVID-19 translated materials (roughly 3,000 translated COVID-19 materials and resources in around 100 languages), COVID-19 vaccine toolkits or on-demand training, NRC-RIM has the resources you need right now. 

COVID Vaccinations: Practical and Ethical Considerations



The COVID-19 crisis has particular implications for Survivors of Torture programs and non-hospital-based organizations are starting to ask questions about safely providing services now that vaccination is possible for many staff and clients. What are the ethical considerations about safely returning to in-person services? Do we need to mandate that staff get vaccinated? Clients? Can we still infect others if we have been vaccinated? How can we as providers assure our clients have current and accurate information on vaccination?

In this webinar, Dr. Rajeev Bais and Dr.

Updates from our CDC colleagues on COVID-19 Vaccines

CDC hosted the National Forum on COVID-19 Vaccine last week and provided links to forum toolkits and video resources. 

Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) factsheets for the Pfizer and Modern COVID-19 Vaccine. Please note that the languages bolded are *new* updates.

Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine | FDA

  • Translated factsheets for recipients and caregivers.
  • When you enter the site, make sure to scroll down to the bottom of the webpage for hyperlinks to the translated languages below.
  • Available in Arabic, Burmese, Cherokee, Chuukese, Chinese, French, German, Haitian Creole, Hindi, Hmong, lu Mien,

Presentation for ORR Grantees on COVID-19 Update, Medicines and Vaccines


In this presentation Dr. Rajeev Bais of the University of South Carolina School of Medicine Carolina Survivor Clinic in Columbia, SC presents a concise description of the COVID-19 virus, its prevalence, treatment, and up-to-date information on vaccination.

Dr. Bais has also asked us to share his phone number for those of you who may have questions about COVID-19: 732-754-7410.


Estimated transmissibility and severity of novel SARS-CoV-2 Variant of Concern 202012/01 in England
Authors: Nicholas Davies*, Rosanna C Barnard1, Christopher I Jarvis1, Adam J Kucharski1,

2021 Greetings from NCB

Dear Colleagues,

New Year’s Greetings! On behalf of the Center for Victims of Torture National Capacity Building Project, and our partner, the Harvard Program in Refugee Trauma, we would like to convey our warmest wishes to all of you and your programs for a more hopeful and productive year.

Since March of last year, Survivors of Torture programs across the United States have had to rapidly adapt and innovate in order to effectively reach especially vulnerable clients – asylum seekers, immigrants, refugees,

CVT PATH Bibliography Q3 2020

CVT's Partners in Trauma Healing (PATH) creates bibliographies every quarter of resources for current literature on the topic of the mental health status of and treatments for torture survivors, war trauma survivors, refugees, and asylum seekers. This also includes research in the areas of social work that relate directly to the psychological well-being of these populations. The bibliography includes peer-reviewed journal article citations in these areas; select original summaries of those articles; and links to the publicly available abstracts and full-text versions of these articles.

About ReadSpeaker

HealTorture.org now has ReadSpeaker! Here is more information on the Listen Function: ReadSpeaker webReader

With ReadSpeaker webReader, the content our website of our website can be read aloud to you. Just one click, and the text on a web page is simultaneously read aloud and highlighted so you can easily follow along, regardless of device or where you may be. This makes the content more accessible and visiting the website is a more enriching experience. As a user, you don't have to download anything.

How does it work?

The webReader is located on every

Fundamentals of Providing Services to Torture Survivors eLearning

Fundamentals of Providing Services to Torture Survivors eLearning Series  has been funded by the Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) to provide staff at ORR-funded torture treatment programs, and other professionals, with a basic foundation in the knowledge and skills required to provide effective services to torture survivors. The lessons are directed toward staff members who are recently hired or new to working with torture survivors and are currently providing direct services to torture survivors.

Each lesson:

  • Is designed to give you information and resources to effectively serve your clients
  • Is designed to be taken at your own pace when you have time
  • Can be taken independently of the other lessons
  • Can be completed in one to two hours
  • Provides you with valuable post-lesson resources for further study

Therapy and Justice Presentation Recording and Resources

In light of the recent events, there is a greater need now than ever to examine power and bias within therapy as well as amplify a multitude of perspectives on healing outside of Western, Eurocentric theories and ideologies. Robin Chancer, LCSW, a psychotherapist at Program for Torture Victims (PTV), presented on "Therapy and Justice: Unpacking Western Bias and Expanding Healing" back on August 10 and the recording and resources were shared. 

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The Complex Care of a Torture Survivor in the United States: The Case of “Joshua.”

A new article published by Torture Journal, “The Complex Care of a Torture Survivor in the United States: The Case of “Joshua.”” was supported by the National Capacity Building (NCB) technical assistance project funded by the U.S. Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR). The authors argue that in order to effectively treat torture survivors, providers must understand and address multiple and complexly related factors. A Complex Care Approach (CCA), an adaptation of the Chronic Care Model, is presented and applied to a composite case of a former child soldier from Liberia who survived torture and is in the United States. The CCA includes five domains, including the Trauma Story, Bio-medical, Psychological, Social, and Spiritual domains.

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