Surviving Violent, Traumatic Loss After Severe Political Persecution: Lessons From the Evaluation of a Venezuelan Asylum Seeker
Michelle Silva, PsyD, Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, is co-author of a case study in BMJ Journals that highlights the human rights violations occurring in Venezuela through the case of a Venezuelan woman who experienced political persecution and traumatic loss resulting from her opposition to the ruling socialist party.Source: BMJ Journals
Seeing Opportunity to Help Others in a Pandemic
Aniyizhai Annamalai, MD, Associate Professor of Psychiatry, told The New Haven Register that COVID-19 “has caused more depression or exacerbation of symptoms if (people) already have anxiety or depression. The economic effects of the virus, losing jobs can make it much more pronounced.”Source: The New Haven Register
Asylum Medicine Conference on Oct. 5: "Medical Forensic Evaluations of Asylum Seekers: The Role of the Clinician in Documenting Human Rights Abuses"
Yale Center for Asylum Medicine will present an all-day conference on Saturday, October 5, which outlines the unique and important contribution clinicians can make for the benefit of vulnerable migrants who are seeking asylum.
Yale Refugee Health Program Provides Medical Home for Refugees
Yale School of Medicine (YSM) students and faculty play a key role ensuring the approximately 250 refugees who arrive annually to Greater New Haven receive high quality health care and guidance as they transition to a new health care system. The Yale Refugee Health Program (YRHP), which seeks to provide a medical home for refugees, coordinates these efforts.
In Rural Missouri, Interpreters Are Key To Refugee Health Care
At a pediatric clinic in Kirksville, Mo., a young boy is waiting in an exam room to be vaccinated. A nurse explains the shots to his mother, and Lisette Chibanvunya translates. Chibanvunya is one of two Congolese interpreters hired by the Northeast Health Council to help the clinic care for refugees and immigrants from central Africa.Source: St. Louis Public Radio (NPR)
Knock Down Barriers in Global Physician Training
In the position paper, “Reconfiguring a One-Way Street: A Position Paper on Why and How to Improve Equity in Global Physician Training,” published in Academic Medicine, the authors advocate for changes to the “observership” model, which is the primary type of short-term clinical training that is permissible under federal and state laws.
YSM Professor Describes ‘Compounding Trauma’ of Asylum Seekers in Detention
Yale’s Dr. Katherine McKenzie practices asylum medicine, the process of evaluating claims of torture and mistreatment by asylum seekers. Many times, these evaluations are conducted in a dreary, prison-like atmosphere in detention centers.
The health costs of high insulin prices
14 Shares The rising cost of insulin poses a significant barrier for people with diabetes, as many resort to limiting their use of the drug. A recent study at the Yale Diabetes Center reveals that cost-related insulin underuse may be more common than expected.Source: Medical News Bulletin
The nonexistant: How the world came together to decide whether climate refugees are a real thing
Maya Prabhu, MD, Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, is quoted in a Weather Channel feature story about the plight of climate refugees and the efforts underway globally to assist them.Source: The Weather Channel
More Doctors Needed In The Field Of Asylum Medicine, Says Yale Physician
A paper published in this month’s Journal Of General Internal Medicine calls for more doctors to be trained in asylum medicine. These doctors and clinicians perform medical forensic evaluations for people seeking asylum, to assess their claims of persecution and torture.Source: WNPR
Asylum Seekers in a Time of Record Forced Global Displacement: the Role of Physicians
In 2016, over 65 million individuals were displaced from their homes due to human rights abuses, and 262,000 people applied for asylum in the USA. Individuals who have experienced persecution are present in many primary and specialty clinics. A medical forensic evaluation can increase the likelihood of a successful asylum case.Source: Journal of General Internal Medicine