Oct. 1, 2015 - The Colorado Department of Human Services' Colorado Refugee Services Program, in partnership with the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, has been awarded a five-year federal grant to study the long-term health outcomes of
The grant, from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, will improve the understanding of health challenges refugees face as they integrate into Colorado. The award is for nearly $667,000 annually for five years.
This opportunity, entitled "Establishment of Centers of Excellence in Refugee Health” will enable Colorado, in partnership with other awardees, to study an area in which there has been relatively little research.
Current data on refugee health has been limited in scope and comprehensiveness. This program will enable Colorado to expand its data collection specific to refugees. Understanding the unique health challenges this population faces aligns with Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper’s initiative that Colorado be the “healthiest state in the nation.”
The research also will open the door for Colorado to develop innovative programming to positively affect refugee health outcomes over the long term. This grant award represents an opportunity for Colorado to continue to be a leader in refugee resettlement nationwide.