"Living Healthy in America" is a HEMMY award-winning video series, dubbed in Kirundi and Swahili,  focusing on the health and safety of refugee children in Tucson, Arizona.   Funded by a grant from Catholic Healthcare West, the series features fire safety and 911,  pool safety, gang prevention, poisonous desert creatures and how to access poison control, first aid, social/emotional health and more.  The videos are available to purchase from La Frontera Center, Inc. either singly or as a set.  Contact us for more information.  A promotional video (5 minutes) is provided below.

Living Healthy In America.avi

The Refugee Primary Care Work Group is made up of members of RISP-Net and other agencies providing health services to refugees in Tucson.  This group has developed a "wiki" website to improve health care providers' knowledge of the cultures, experiences, language, and health care access issues of refugees, which is tailored to the groups and health issues specific to Tucson, Arizona.  The Refugee Primary Care Work Group hopes that many of the questions and concerns that health care professionals encounter when serving their refugee clients may be addressed on this collaborative site that you can use as the best first stop for people! 

Click here: Tucson Refugee Health Information 

If you are interested in joining the work group, or to learn more, you can contact Jean McClelland at

International Rescue Committee (IRC) Health and Wellness Services

Promoting wellness and ensuring access to healthcare services that address physical and psychological needs.

Center for Well-Being: IRC serves all refugees in Pima County and provides essential support services that help refugees overcome obstacles to become thriving Americans. The Center’s holistic approach emphasizes prevention, education and lifestyle management, and empowers refugees to make long-term and lasting changes that support healing and optimum health. Services include: 

Behavioral Health: IRC provides intensive case management, counseling and group therapy to refugee families and individuals to address the physical and mental challenges associated with past trauma and resettlement in a new country. 

Support for Survivors of Torture: IRC provides intensive case management and mental health services to survivors of torture. Survivors gain access to both western and non-western treatment of their physical and psychological injuries. Referrals to medical and legal services are also provided. 

Well-Being Promotion: IRC provides education, referral and advocacy services to refugee women. The program uses the principals of the community health worker/promotora model in which successfully resettled refugee women work with newly arrived women from their own culture to provide education about available community resources, connection to needed assistance and support during the initial adjustment phase. The program also builds leadership skills and empowers refugee women to become their own advocates

Refugee Health Resource Links 

Patient Handouts in multiple languages on health topics such as anemia, HIV, mammography, diabetes and nutrition, mental health, hepatitis B and C, and more.  Go to Refugee Health Vancouver       

 Refugee Health Resource Links from the Pima County Health Department

EthnoMed  (Click here to go to website)

EthnoMed contains information about cultural beliefs, medical issues and related topics pertinent to the health care of immigrants to the US, many of whom are refugees fleeing war-torn parts of the world.  It features information for many countries about health care cultural beliefs, clinical topics (many in first languages), patient education and cross-cultural health care.  EthnoMed operates under the Creative Commons License: Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 3.0 United States

Tucson Public Library

The library has added two links to the health and wellness page on the library's website:

  • PubMed, which has over 21 million citations for biomedical literature from MedLine, life science journals, and online books, and 
  • RHIN, or Refugee Health Information Network, which is multilingual health information for refugees and their providers.

These sites are both maintained by the federal government, so require no library card login and are free to use.

Kaiser Family State Health Facts

Robust site for health facts, comparative health data across states and within states, information about women's and minority health, and more.  Click this link to access site.

Resource Guide to Working with Refugees With Disabilities

USCRI downloadable resource guide.