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Evaluating Minnesota’s Mental Health Screening Process for Refugee Populations

The objective of this project is to improve Minnesota’s mental health service system for refugee trauma survivors through evaluating the effectiveness and implementation of evidence based, pilot processes for initial mental health screening and referral through the state public health system. This project is a partnership between the Center for Victims of Torture, University of Minnesota, and the Minnesota Department of Health Refugee Health Program.  A mixed methods, community based participatory research design will investigate the effectiveness of the mental health screening and referral protocols for newly arrived refugee patients. Mental health screening data and measures of Post traumatic Stress Disorder and Major Depression collected at screening and three and six months post-screening, will be analyzed quantitatively. Focused ethnographic interviews with providers and refugee patients will be analyzed qualitatively to explore participants’ experiences of the screening and referral process. Findings will inform statewide screening, training and publications. Researcher: Patricia Shannon (School of Social Work)

Project Award Date: 
Community organization or agency: 
Center for Victims of Torture and Minnesota Department of Health Refugee Health Program
Sponsoring CURA Program: 
CURA Contact: 
Edward Goetz Director, CURA (612) 624-8737