Afghan Health Initiative (AHI) is a grassroots non-profit organization in Washington State founded by current and former immigrants and refugees who were trying to navigate the complexities of their new lives. AHI provides culturally proficient and linguistically appropriate social support services and health promotion advocacy to low-income new refugees from Afghanistan and neighboring communities in King County. AHI’s mission is to serve the immigrant and refugee population in Washington State by promoting community-based public health interventions which target social determinants of health thereby increasing equal access to health, education, and economic independence. Afghan Health Initiative holds a strong commitment to ensuring the voices of Afghan and other refugee populations are not only heard and counted in data, but their needs are known and met through equitable culturally and linguistically appropriate preventative health and social services.
IDEO.org is a nonprofit design studio with the mission to design a more just and inclusive world. To do that, they partner with organizations around the world to apply human-centered design to a range of social impact challenges. Through more than 150 design projects across 39 countries, IDEO.org has worked with a range of partner organizations—including the UN Agencies, governments, foundations, and non-profits—to design solutions that address complex development and humanitarian challenges. From their offices in New York, San Francisco, and Nairobi, they have built an extensive track record of designing solutions in the areas of global health, financial inclusion, agriculture, early child development, and refugee service delivery, amongst others. As of 2020, solutions designed by IDEO.org have reached more than 9.8 million people worldwide.
The International Rescue Committee (IRC) is a global humanitarian aid, relief, and development nongovernmental organization whose work spans more than 40 countries. The mission of IRC is to help people whose lives and livelihoods are shattered by conflict and disaster, including the climate crisis, to survive, recover and gain control over their future. In the U.S., IRC works in 26 U.S. cities across 15 states to create opportunities for refugees, asylum-seekers, and other vulnerable migrants to survive and thrive. The IRC serves more than 48,000 individuals each year through a diverse portfolio of programs, including resettlement services; serving survivors of torture, trafficking and those seeking asylum; providing immigration services; and delivering other community-based programs across the areas of health, economic wellbeing, safety, education, and power.
The Migrant Clinicians Network (MCN) provides practical solutions at the intersection of migration, vulnerability, and health. With more than 10,000 constituents, MCN’s work is overseen by a board of directors comprised of frontline clinicians, researchers, policy makers, and academics with experience in and commitment to migrant health. To serve immigrants, health centers, and clinicians, MCN develops appropriate resources, engages outside partners, directs a worldwide continuity of care service, provides continuing education and runs programs that support clinical care on the front lines of health care for immigrant workers, their families, and other underserved populations. MCN’s overarching goal is to improve the quality of health care and increase access to care for immigrants and other underserved populations.
The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) is the lead public health agency in the State of Minnesota. MDH has strong partnerships with local public health agencies, tribal governments and a range of other organizations to achieve a wide range of public health services, including pandemic response. MDH is known as one of the best state health departments in the country, particularly for its high quality and innovative programs for refugees and immigrants. MDH is home to a CDC Center of Excellence in Refugee Health.
The National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO) represents the country’s nearly 3,000 local health departments. These city, county, metropolitan, district, and tribal departments work every day to protect and promote health and well-being for all people in their communities.