January 16, 2014

Refugee Health and Wellness


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

Wellness Activities: A variety of wellness activities based on community interest. Past activities have included Community Adjustment Support Groups, yoga and fitness sessions, therapeutic music, and local park outings. 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 in the greater Columbus area. We also provide training on a range of topics including cultural competency, addressing the health and wellness needs of diverse populations, and informational sessions 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 Cat Gossman for more information or to make an outside referral at 614-987-1678 or cgossman@cris-ohio.org.

Screening & Case Management: Predictive mental health screening for all of our newly-resettled clients over age 14 using the Refugee Health Screener-15 (RHS-15). We do not provide in-house clinical services, but have close relationships with community providers that are able to support clients and comprehensively address wellness needs.



Program Funders

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

MHAS   CWS_vert_expanded     ADAMH logo

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