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Behavioral Health In New Mexico: Meeting The Needs Of Immigrants & Refugees

NMiF: Mental Health

June 9, 2017 - In our second part of our series on mental health in New Mexico, we look at the unique challenges faced by immigrants and refugees. Many have experienced trauma and separation before adjusting to a new country and often a new language. They can feel isolated or afraid. Some may be undocumented and lack insurance and they may fear that seeking out getting services will put them at risk of being identified by federal authorities. Even if refugees and immigrants have have health coverage, there may be cultural or language barriers with providers. Correspondent Megan Kamerick speaks with advocates and those who work with immigrants and refugees this week about gaps in mental health services and how access to care might be improved in New Mexico.

Bill Wagner, director, Centro Sávila
Kay Bounkeua, executive director, New Mexico Asian Family Center
Jessica Goodkind, project director, Refugee Well-Being Project
Eric Ndaheba, refugee from Democratic Republic of Congo

New Mexico Crisis and Access Line - 855-662-7474
Mental Health Service Use Among Immigrants In the U.S. - National Institutes of Health
Common Mental Health Problems In Immigrants and Refugees - Canadian Medical Association Journal
Refugees Struggle With Mental Health Problems Caused By War And Upheaval - Scientific American
Refugees And Health: These People Are Stronger Than Us - The Guardian
Children of Undocumented Immigrants Face Mental Health Crisis - Diversity Inc

Keeping children fed during the summer months, behavioral health resources for immigrants and refugees, a conversation with “The Radium Girls” author Kate More, and a push to add more information to an ethics commission measure that heads to the ballot next fall

NMiF: Mental Health

This week on New Mexico in Focus, correspondent Megan Kamerick sits down with local advocates who work with immigrants and refugees in part two in our series on behavioral health needs across our state. And she talks with Kate Moore, author of “The Radium Girls,” about how the poisoning of women who worked in factories with radium may have led to increased protections for workers in the Manhattan Project.

Producer Sarah Gustavus asks local experts what’s happening around New Mexico to address the gap in meals during the summer months when students can’t rely on breakfast and lunch at school. She also sits down with New Mexico in Depth data reporter Sandra Fish to talk about the latest reports on fundraising and lobbyist spending in Santa Fe.

And correspondent Gwyneth Doland and Douglas Carver from New Mexico Ethics Watch discuss the role for everyday New Mexicans in the creation of an independent ethics commission.

Host: Gene Grant

Gwyneth Doland
Sarah Gustavus
Megan Kamerick

Studio Guests:
Alissa Barnes, Roadrunner Food Bank
Kay Bounkeua, New Mexico Asian Family Center      
Douglas Carver, NM Ethics Watch
Jill Dixon, The Food Depot
Sandra Fish, New Mexico in Depth
Jessica Goodkind, Refugee Well-being Project
Patty Keane, UNM Prevention Research Center
Kate Moore, author of “The Radium Girls”
Eric Ndaheba, Refugee Well-being Project
Emiliano Perea, NM Children, Youth and Families Department (CYFD)
Bill Wagner, Centro Sávila

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