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Yale Health Education and Literacy for Asylees and Refugees (Y-HEALAR)

Yale Health Education and Literacy for Asylees and Refugees (Y-HEALAR) is a collaboration between Yale healthcare providers and trainees and local organizations that strives to improve health education among New Haven refugee and asylee populations. Y-HEALAR is made up of resident physicians and dentists, nurses, and students of medicine, nursing, and public health. We work in partnership with Integrated Refugee and Immigrant Services (IRIS) and Elena’s Light to accomplish two aims:

  • Improve health literacy among refugees and asylees to empower this population in managing their health in their new geographic, linguistic, and social context
  • Create opportunities for healthcare providers to learn about the particular health needs of refugees and asylees and to serve this population
Y-HEALAR Word Cloud
This word cloud represents some of the words previous volunteers have used to describe their experience with Y-HEALAR