What We Do

Refugees face many difficulties related to health and wellness as they adjust to a new life in the United States. CRIS’ Refugee Health and Wellness Program identifies and addresses issues such as:

  • Depression
  • Stress
  • Anxiety
  • Effects of trauma

Screening & Case Management: CRIS’ Wellness Program provides predictive mental health screening for all of our newly resettled clients over age 14 using the Refugee Health Screener-15 (RHS-15). A positive score indicates the possible need for extra support; for these cases program staff provide home-based follow up and supportive strengths-based case management to address health and wellness needs. Although the Wellness Program does not provide in-house clinical services, we have close working relationships with community providers that are able to support our clients and comprehensively address their wellness needs and refer to physicians, mental health services, and community agencies as necessary.

Wellness Activities: the Wellness Program offers a variety of wellness activities based on community interest. These have included Community Adjustment Support groups to foster connection and assist participants in sharing their experiences as they adjust to their new lives in the US, yoga and fitness sessions in partnership with local studios, therapeutic music, and local park outings. Additionally, the Wellness Program has collaborated with a range of local partners to offer health education sessions for community members focused on chronic disease management, nutrition, navigating the pharmacy, and self-care.

Provider Outreach and Education: the Wellness Program engages in ongoing provider outreach to a range of service providers in the greater Columbus area. We also provide trainings for providers and organizations on a range of topics including competency, addressing the health and wellness needs of diverse populations, and informational trainings on the newly arriving refugee populations in Central Ohio. If you are interested in one of our trainings, please fill out a speaker request form.


The Health and Wellness Program serves recently arrived clients of CRIS’ Resettlement Program, as well as other refugees, asylees, and immigrants on a case-by-case basis. Please contact Jaclyn Kirsch for more information or to make an outside referral at 614-987-1678 or jkirsch@cris-ohio.org


Program Funders

CRIS’ Refugee Health and Wellness Program would not be possible without the support of our generous funders:

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