What We Do

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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 health inequities.


While we were initially established in October 2020 as part of the nation’s COVID-19 response, we now support health departments, community organizations and others working with refugee, immigrant, and migrant communities that have been disproportionately impacted by health inequities of all kinds, not just COVID-19.

Moving forward we are continuing our COVID-19 work but on a smaller scale and focusing on the public health needs of new arrival communities. Specifically, we are expanding our efforts to include public health initiatives that may be needed in Afghan communities - not just COVID-19. We are also charged with communicating about the health requirements for Ukrainians who arrive through the Uniting for Ukraine program.

Both the Afghan and Ukrainian sections of our website have resources translated in multiple languages, information on Settle In App for Afghans and Ukrainians, COVID-19 information and more. 

A guiding principle of our work is that solutions should be developed in genuine partnership with affected communities. Our program leverages extensive and longstanding community networks and partnerships. We 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. 
Since 2020, NRC-RIM has become nationally known for excellence in public health preparedness and response, and in fostering partnerships that make a real difference in the communities. 

For up to date information on NRC-RIM please subscribe to our biweekly newsletter or follow us on social media. You may also contact us at nrcrim@umn.edu

Core activities of the program include:

  • Collecting, developing, and disseminating best and promising practices
  • Creating guides and checklists that are practical, step-by-step resources designed for public health professionals and others 
  • Developing and disseminating linguistically and culturally appropriate health communications and health education resources involving a rigorous translation process 
  • 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
  • Providing direct support to state and local health departments through technical assistance requests