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We encourage people who are serving survivors of torture to submit resources to this website.


COVID-19 Guidance on Re-Opening or Expanding In-Person Services

Many SoT programs are contemplating re-opening or expanding in-person services in the near future and may have questions about doing that safely and ethically. At this point, there is no blanket guidance for federal grantees other than following the CDC, state, and local guidelines.  Below are some preliminary thoughts that have come from our friends at ORR that may be useful. This will also be a topic in the next ORR Virtual Town Meeting for SoT grantee organizations.

Masks are still required in healthcare settings, schools, and public transportation.

In general, social service providers

Updates on COVID-19 Resources

NPR Article: Confused by CDCs Latest Mask Guidance? Here's What We Learned Updated 6/8/21

Relevant points:

 CDC doesn't run or oversee and can't overrule your local or state health department. You'll still need to check the local rules where you live to see how they've changed (if they have) in response to this week's shift in the CDC's guidance.

  • Whether you need to wear a mask indoors in public venues will depend on local mandates and guidelines, as well as businesses, which make their own operating decisions.
  • Most legal experts agree employers can require vaccination of their employees

Supporting ORR's UC Program

Dear Resettlement Agencies and Refugee Program Discretionary Grantees,

The Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) has learned that there is a strong interest to support increasing provider participation in the Unaccompanied Children (UC) program. ORR is working diligently to expand our licensed bed capacity and other support resources, and we recognize that a lot of you have been fielding questions about this, or are interested in helping yourself, and we hope that the following information will be helpful to you. 

Below are categories and options for an organization to work with the ORR to

New Publications in Intervention Journal

“A Field Report on the Pilot Implementation of Problem Management Plus with Lay Providers in an Eritrean Refugee Setting in Ethiopia” - This report covers a pilot training program that was conducted with paraprofessionals working with Eritrean refugees in Ethiopia, focused on skills and delivery of the Problem Management Plus (PM+) intervention, which focuses on mental health needs in humanitarian crises, including COVID response. Authors Frezgi Gebrekristos, MA, EQUIP focal person, CVT Ethiopia-Tigray; Liyam Eloul, MA, clinical advisor; and Shannon Golden, PH.D., research associate; write about the project and lessons learned. Download the PDF here.

“Development of a Tool to Assess Competencies of Problem Management Plus Facilitators Using Observed Standardised Role Plays: The EQUIP Competency Rating Scale for Problem Management Plus”

Switchboard Blog: Responding to Questions and Concerns about the COVID-19 Vaccine, Including During Ramadan

Responding to Questions and Concerns about the COVID-19 Vaccine, Including During Ramadan
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This blog post features tips and resources to help refugee service providers address questions and concerns about the COVID-19 vaccine. It includes customizable communications templates and campaigns, responses to common client questions, videos addressing concerns about vaccines and Ramadan, and more!

CVT Literature Selection Q1 2021

This document is a resource for current literature, January through March, 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. It does not currently include articles on policy and advocacy.

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.

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

 

Description

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

Description:

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.

Resources:

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,

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