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Integrative Healthcare Settings: Exploring Approaches and Benefits for Refugees

This webinar sought to explore the barriers faced by refugees in accessing both primary healthcare and mental healthcare services and how best to remove these barriers through an integrative healthcare approach. The webinar further discussed team approaches to best coordinate services for refugees through a culturally competent and trauma-informed approach.

-Illustrate how integrative healthcare settings help eliminate barriers, such as transportation and stigma, to accessing mental health care
-Describe how refugee community members and leaders can participate as cultural brokers and health navigators
-Highlight how resettlement sites and other community partners can support an integrative healthcare approach

See a link to the recording here.

See a link to the powerpoint.


Subject Matter Experts

Dana Daugherty, MA, EdM
Behavioral Health Coordinator at the Squirrel Hill Health Center

Dana Daugherty began at Squirrel Hill Health Center in September 2016 as the Behavioral Health Coordinator where she leads the administrative side of the Behavioral Health team, supervises the Peer Support Program, and manages behavioral health referrals and outreach to community partners. Previously, she worked as the Program and Outreach Coordinator at the NYC Metro Chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI-NYC Metro) coordinating their outreach efforts throughout the NYC Metro Area. She also provided mental health counseling in Spanish and English for clients with serious and persistent mental illness at a Personalized Recovery Oriented Services (PROS) day program in NYC. Dana’s college senior thesis included researching Ecuador’s domestic violence laws and counseling women with histories of trauma in a women’s prison in Ecuador.

Dana holds a Master of Education (Ed.M.) in Psychological Counseling and Masters of Arts (M.A.) in Mental Health Counseling from Columbia University (Teachers College), and Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in Latin American, Latino, and Caribbean Studies from Dartmouth College.

Katie Fitzsimmons, MSW
Manager of Care Navigation at the Squirrel Hill Health Center

Katie is the Manager of Care Navigation at the Squirrel Hill Health Center in Pittsburgh. Katie’s studies focused on Social Work with refugees at Columbia University. She manages a team who provide care navigation for diverse patient populations, including newly arriving refugees and older adults. Katie’s work takes place at the intersection of the medical and social aspects of healthcare, and she strives to fill in the holes of the “Swiss cheese” of healthcare by addressing all of an individual’s needs. To balance the reality of Social Work, Katie enjoys running and baking.


Additional Resources

This webinar was the first installment in a four-part series on integrative healthcare settings.  For further discussion on this topic, view the following links: