In collabortation with other local community organizations, we work to overcome social, cultural, and economic barriers to provide vital reproductive health information and services to an often ignored population of women.
History of the Refugee/Immigrant Women's Health Project:
One morning in 1998, Feminist Women's Health Center received an urgent call from a caseworker at a metro Atlanta non-profit refugee service organization. A refugee woman from a Middle Eastern country, who was already the mother of nine children, had called saying that she was pushed to the limit. She was desperate to avoid having more children, however, due to her religion and culture, she didn’t know what she could do to prevent pregnancy.
Feminist Women's Health Center sent an educator to talk about her options, and eventually, the woman chose to obtain an IUD. Thus, the Refugee/Immigrant Women's Health Project was born.
Since then, we hold dozens of educational sessions annually with refugee and immigrant women here at FWHC and various partner metro Atlanta agencies. We are a resource for refugee and immigrant women on unbiased reproductive health information and we equip women and men with the knowledge to make informed decisions about their health; furthermore, we link participants to services and assist in the entire process to ensure that their needs are met in a culturally sensitive manner.
The following are some main areas of activity for the project:
- General and reproductive health education, such as informal group discussions on topics such as gynecological health care and pap smears, breast health including breast self-exams and breast cancer awareness, birth control, menopause, and nutrition.
- Reproductive healthcare services such as gynecological exams, pap smears, family planning, clinical breast exams, and other basic gynecological health care.
- We present health services information at conferences, and local refugee and immigrant events throughout Atlanta
- Training for lay health promoters to enable them to provide basic reproductive health information for other refugees as well as conference presentations to refugee women advocates around reproductive health.
- Collaborations with metro Atlanta refugee resettlement or service agencies to provide culturally appropriate education to healthcare providers.
Would you like to learn more about the Refugee/Immigrant Women's Health Project and/or become involved? Please contact our community education & advocacy director at 404-248-5445.