The National Resource Center for Refugees, Immigrants, and Migrants (NRC-RIM) is funded by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the International Organization for Migration to support health departments and community organizations working with refugee, immigrant, and migrant (RIM) communities that have been disproportionately affected by COVID -19.
Core activities of the program include:
- Collecting, developing, and disseminating best and promising practices
- Developing and disseminating linguistically and culturally appropriate health communications and health education resources for RIM communities
- Creating online training and other resources for public health professionals working with RIM communities
- Supporting pilot projects between health departments and community-based organizations serving RIM communities
- Disseminating resources widely and facilitating peer-to-peer collaboration and information sharing
- Providing direct support to state and local health departments through technical assistance requests
A guiding principle of our program is that solutions should be developed in genuine partnership with affected communities. Our program will leverage extensive and longstanding community networks and partnerships. We aim to strengthen connections and information sharing between community-based organizations and state and local health departments and to establish a venue in which those that are successful can share practical lessons-learned with those that are facing challenges.