Providing Culturally-Grounded Health Services for the Refugee Women

Jeanne Nizigiyimana, M.S.W, M.A
Co-founder & Program Manager , Refugee Women’s Health Clinic, Maricopa Integrated Health System

Jeanne F. Nizigiyimana is the Program Manager and co-founder of the Refugee Women’s Health Clinic at Maricopa Integrated Health System in Phoenix, AZ where she also chairs the Refugee Women’s Health Community Advisory Coalition. Originally from Burundi, Ms. Nizigiyimana holds several undergraduate degrees, speaks six different languages, and earned her Master’s Degree in Social Work. She began her career as a case manager with Catholic Charities Refugee Resettlement, and has also served as the Strengthening Families Project Program Coordinator, Adjustment Services Program Supervisor, and Phoenix Family Programs Director for BRYCS. In 1999, she co-founded Refugee Women United for Progress, Inc.

Course Objectives:

  • Understand the Health Care Challenges faced by the refugee women
  • Evaluate strategies to achieve health equity in the inclusion of refugee communities in research
  • Apply principles of Community-Based Participatory Research (CBPR) to avoid a Deficit Model of Approach

Original Recording: Oct. 29, 2015, Arizona Health Equity Conference

Duration:  17 min.

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