Living in the Shadows http://wesa.fm en Six Things To Know About Refugees and Health Care in Pittsburgh http://wesa.fm/post/six-things-know-about-refugees-and-health-care-pittsburgh <p>In 2012, more that 58,000 refugees were resettled in the United States. A couple thousand of them came to Pennsylvania. Many of these refugees come to the United States fleeing war and genocide. Many arrive healthy but develop chronic illnesses as they adopt American habits. Others feel isolated and alone – suffering that can turn toxic over time.&nbsp;</p> Mon, 03 Feb 2014 15:54:17 +0000 Marina Weis 23694 at http://wesa.fm Six Things To Know About Refugees and Health Care in Pittsburgh Translating Trauma: The Challenge of Treating Refugees With PTSD http://wesa.fm/post/translating-trauma-challenge-treating-refugees-ptsd <p>As a child in war-torn Somalia, Aweys Mwaliya&nbsp;saw friends and family killed in massacres. Fleeing the country, &nbsp;his family spent weeks walking to Kenya. The trip was so grueling, that along the way, his youngest sister died. The family couldn’t give her a proper burial.</p><p>"The feeling I have about those terrible things are very, very bad, and I’m still wondering why things like that happen, why people do things to other people,"&nbsp;Mwaliya, now 30 and living in Pittsburgh said.&nbsp;</p><p>In Kenya, his family spent a decade living in refugee camps.</p> Fri, 31 Jan 2014 03:31:51 +0000 Erika Beras 23299 at http://wesa.fm Translating Trauma: The Challenge of Treating Refugees With PTSD Bhutanese Refugees Face a High Suicide Rate http://wesa.fm/post/bhutanese-refugees-face-high-suicide-rate <p>At a conference held in Pittsburgh last fall, several dozen men from around the United States discussed a disturbing trend in their community: the high suicide rate and prevalence of depression among Bhutanese-Nepali refugees.</p><p>"People are looking for resources where they can go to curb this mental health issue," said&nbsp;Buddha Mani Dhakal, editor of the Bhutan News Service.</p> Wed, 29 Jan 2014 08:00:00 +0000 Erika Beras 23133 at http://wesa.fm In Seeking Health Care, Many Refugees Have Only A Small Window of Opportunity http://wesa.fm/post/seeking-health-care-many-refugees-have-only-small-window-opportunity <p></p><p>On a blustery January morning, Leslie Bachurski is at Northern Area Multi Service’s offices in Sharpsburg. Bachurski, a health care navigator, is at the resettlement agency to help non-English speaking refugees enroll in health insurance plans.</p><p>Her first client of the day is Birkha Tamang, a 42-year-old Bhutanese refugee who has been in the United States for 16 months with his wife and kids. He’s the only one in his family with a job — and the only one without health care coverage. Mon, 27 Jan 2014 12:34:30 +0000 Erika Beras 23088 at http://wesa.fm In Seeking Health Care, Many Refugees Have Only A Small Window of Opportunity Navigating Health Care Can Often Leave Refugees Lost in Translation http://wesa.fm/post/navigating-health-care-can-often-leave-refugees-lost-translation <p>By the time the federally funded Squirrel Hill Health Center’s Mobile Unit opens its doors in the South Hills community of Prospect Park, people are already lined up, looking for help.</p> Mon, 20 Jan 2014 08:30:00 +0000 Erika Beras 22516 at http://wesa.fm Navigating Health Care Can Often Leave Refugees Lost in Translation When a New Home Means a New Diet, Health Problems Can Arise for Refugees http://wesa.fm/post/when-new-home-means-new-diet-health-problems-can-arise-refugees <p></p><p>On a typical weekday morning, 47-year-old Tek Nepal is moving about the Mount Oliver duplex he shares with his wife, sons, daughter-in-law and grandchild.</p><p>He works nights, so he gets his family time in the mornings. And often, that time centers around eating.</p><p>Those meals used to consist of lots of starches. But since a Type 2 diabetes diagnosis in 2012, they have changed.</p> Mon, 13 Jan 2014 13:27:32 +0000 Erika Beras 21729 at http://wesa.fm When a New Home Means a New Diet, Health Problems Can Arise for Refugees Deportations Leave a Footprint in the Mental Health of the Family Remaining in the US http://wesa.fm/post/deportations-leave-footprint-mental-health-family-remaining-us <p>At 11 years old, Jennifer Barajas says that she has a broken heart. As soon as she begins to talk about her father, Ramón Salvador Barajas, who is in the process of being deported, the smile disappears from Jennifer’s face.</p><p>“The day they caught him, I waited and waited, and I saw that that he wasn’t coming, and I became sad. And now we have been without him six months, and I don’t want to be without him any longer because we all feel alone,” said the Mexican girl.</p> Thu, 09 Jan 2014 11:00:00 +0000 JOHANES ROSELLÓ | Reporting on Health Collaborative 22519 at http://wesa.fm Living in the Shadows: Pittsburgh Refugees & Mental Health http://wesa.fm/post/living-shadows-pittsburgh-refugees-mental-health <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Refugees to the region face a number of challenges, unfamiliarity with a different language is even more complicated when trying to obtain health care. </span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">90.5 </span>WESA<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Behavioral Health Reporter Erika </span>Beras<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> is embarking on a month-long series on </span><a href="http://wesa.fm/post/refugees-war-torn-nations-mental-health-care-often-missing" style="line-height: 1.5;">the challenges</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> <a href="http://wesa.fm/post/refugees-war-torn-nations-mental-health-care-often-missing">refugees face in the Pittsburgh area</a> to obtain health care. She says her interest in the topic was sparked by the high population of refugees in Pittsburgh.&nbsp;</span></p><p> Mon, 06 Jan 2014 19:17:23 +0000 Katie Blackley 22407 at http://wesa.fm Living in the Shadows: Pittsburgh Refugees & Mental Health For Refugees From War-Torn Nations, Mental Health Care Is Often Missing http://wesa.fm/post/refugees-war-torn-nations-mental-health-care-often-missing <p>On a Sunday morning last December, nearly a hundred people gathered in a West End church to dedicate their prayers to Claudine Mukankindi, a young woman who came to the United States as a Congolese refugee.</p><p>In December 2012, a year earlier, she died of a heart attack at age 36.</p><p>In a pew near the front was Adeline <span>Kihonia</span>. Dancing and chanting in worship, she had tears in her eyes.</p><p>"She was like a part of my family," Kihonia said. "When she passed away, it was like I lost a sister, a good sister."</p> Mon, 06 Jan 2014 08:30:00 +0000 Erika Beras 21724 at http://wesa.fm For Refugees From War-Torn Nations, Mental Health Care Is Often Missing New Arrivals in the US Face Vast Health Challenges http://wesa.fm/post/new-arrivals-us-face-vast-health-challenges <p>Immigrants come to the United States fleeing war and genocide. Others arrive seeking better opportunities for their families. But whether they are refugees from Nepal seeking asylum or undocumented Mexican families in Los Angeles, immigrants share common circumstances. Many arrive healthy but develop&nbsp;chronic illnesses as they adopt American habits. Many feel isolated and alone – suffering that can turn toxic over time.</p> Mon, 06 Jan 2014 08:00:00 +0000 Reporting on Health Collaborative 22310 at http://wesa.fm