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ERIC Number: ED509810
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Nov
Pages: 8
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 7
Helping Immigrant and Refugee Students Succeed: It's Not Just What Happens in the Classroom
Kugler, Eileen Gale; Price, Olga Acosta
Center for Health and Health Care in Schools
A child who seems disinterested may actually be depressed, living with parents who themselves are disengaged and depressed as they struggle to adjust. A student with violent outbursts, who might just appear undisciplined, can be reliving the emotion of a turbulent event in a war-torn country, experiencing a heightened "flight or fight" response. The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) recognized the need for mental health care for this critical population and launched a new program in March 2007. Under the Caring Across Communities (CAC) Initiative, RWJF awarded grants totaling $4.5 million to 15 projects aimed at reducing emotional and behavioral health problems among students in low-income immigrant and refugee families. The Caring Across Communities project directors share information with national program leaders at the Center for Health and Health Care in School at The George Washington University, as well as with each other at collaborative meetings. A number of successful strategies have emerged for engaging immigrant and refugee families in support of their children's mental health. This paper discusses these strategies.
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Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
Authoring Institution: Center for Health and Health Care in Schools