Refugee Health and Well-being in Buffalo

Courtesy of Jewish Family Services of Buffalo and Erie County

Courtesy of Jewish Family Services of Buffalo and Erie County

From 2003 to 2014, Erie County's four resettlement agencies resettled 9,723 refugees from Iraq, Somalia, Burma, Bhutan, and now Syria. Refugees receive resettlement support for three months time but, post-resettlement, face barriers to good health and well-being due to limited english proficiency coupled with a scarcity of interpreters and translators, mental health issues related to trauma and torture, lack of transportation, and a derth of culturally-engaged health professionals, pharmacists, and emergency care providers.

Our Working Solutions

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7/12/18
Of the many barriers facing newly resettled refugees in the United States, obtaininghealthcare is particularly challenging due to several factors including refugees’ limited English proficiency (LEP), cultural differences between the mainstream American culture and home countries, a lack of health literacy, and confusion in navigating the labyrinth of the U.S. healthcare system. 
8/6/18
The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) reports that the “number of people forcibly displaced at the end of 2014 (has) risen to…59.5 million persons” due to global conflicts and a “world at war”.  
9/13/18
At the end of 2014, 19.5 million people were reported to be refugees in the world, and the number has continued to rise.  In 2014, 4,085 refugees were resettled in New York State, with Erie County receiving the highest number. Resettlement is meant to be a durable, long-term habitation solution so refugees can lead full, healthy lives. However, refugees are often resettled in neighborhoods that expose populations to a variety of health risks. 
7/12/18
In partnership with refugee resettlement agencies and public/private development organizations, students and faculty in architecture and urban planning are exploring prototypes that improve economic, social, and civic participation.

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Our Team

Faculty Fellows

Kafuli Agbemenu

Kafuli Agbemenu

Assistant Professor

School of Nursing

201 D Wende Hall

Phone: Phone: 716-829-6023

Email: agbemenu@buffalo.edu

James Bono

James Bono

Associate Professor and Chair, History; Associate Professor, Medicine

Department of History

546 Park Hall

Phone: 716-645-2181 x553

Email: hischaos@buffalo.edu

Cao

Ying (Jessica) Cao

Assistant Professor

Division of Health Services Policy and Practice, Epidemiology and Environmental Health

268G-H Farber Hall

Phone: 716-829-5369; Fax: 716-829-2979

Email: ycao25@buffalo.edu

Colleen Culleton

Colleen Culleton

Assistant Professor of Spanish

Romance Languages and Literatures

910 Clemens

Phone: 716-645-0861

Email: culleton@buffalo.edu

Del Carpio Diaz

Roberto Diaz Del Carpio

Clinical Assistant Professor

Department of Medicine

Hertel Elmwood Internal Medicine Center 900 Hertel Ave. Buffalo, NY 14216

Phone: 716-871-1571

Email: rod2@buffalo.edu

Thomas, Feeley

Thomas Feeley

Professor

Department of Communication

354 Baldy Hall

Phone: 716-645-1160

Email: thfeeley@buffalo.edu

Joe Gambacorta

Joseph Gambacorta

Assistant Dean, Clinical Affairs

School of Dental Medicine

325 Squire Hall

Phone: 716-829-2836

Email: jeg9@buffalo.edu

Kim Griswold

Kim Griswold

Associate Professor

Department of Family Medicine

77 Goodell Street, Suite 220U

Phone: 716-816-7247

Email: griswol@buffalo.edu

James N. Jensen

James N. Jensen

Professor; Director of Undergraduate Studies, Environmental Engineering

Department of Civil, Structural and Environmental Engineering

232 Jarvis Hall

Phone: 716-645-4007

Email: jjensen@buffalo.edu

Judelsohn

Alex Judelsohn

Research Associate

Food Systems Planning and Healthy Communities Lab

Isok Kim

Isok Kim

Assistant Professor

School of Social Work

667 Baldy Hall

Phone: 716-645-1252

Email: isokkim@buffalo.edu

Wooksoo Kim

Wooksoo Kim

Associate Professor

School of Social Work

685 Baldy Hall

Phone: 716-645-1227

Email: wkim5@buffalo.edu

Lemke

Melinda Lemke

Assistant Professor

Educational Leadership and Policy

470 Baldy Hall

Phone: 716-645-1090

Email: malemke@buffalo.edu

Li Lin

Li Lin

Professor

Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering

412 Bell Hall Buffalo

Phone: 716-645-4713

Email: indlin@buffalo.edu

Shaanta Murshid

Shaanta Murshid

Assistant Professor

Department School of Social Work

Baldy Hall

Phone: 716-645-3381

Email: nadinemu@buffalo.edu

Heather, Orom

Heather Orom

Associate Professor and Director of Graduate Studies

Department of Community Health and Health Behavior

304 Kimball Tower Buffalo, NY 14214

Phone: 716-829-6682; Fax: 716-829-6040

Email: horom@buffalo.edu

Erkin, Ozay

Erkin Ozay

Assistant Professor

Department of Architecture

Hayes B 06C

Phone: 716-829-6912

Email: eozay@buffalo.edu

Gina Prescott

Gina Prescott

Clinical Assistant Professor

Department of Pharmacy

215 Kapoor (John) Hall

Phone: 716-645-2828

Email: gmzurick@buffalo.edu

Samina Raja

Samina Raja

Professor

Urban and Regional Planning

233C Hayes Hall

Phone: 716-829-5881

Email: sraja@buffalo.edu

Siaw-Asamoah

Dorothy Siaw-Asamoah

Clinical Assistant Professor

Organization and Human Resources

251 Jacobs Management Center

Phone: 716-645-3234

Email: dasamoah@buffalo.edu

Scates

Jessica Scates

Administrative Coordinator

Global Health Equity

220 Hayes Hall

Phone: 716-829-5371

Email: jmscates@buffalo.edu

John Stone

John Stone

Clinical Associate Professor

Department of Rehabilitation Science

416 Kimball Tower

Phone: 716-829-6739

Email: jstone@buffalo.edu

Kory Smith

Kory Smith

Professor

Department of Architecture

Phone: 716-575-2874

Email: khsmith@buffalo.edu

Edward Steinfeld

Edward Steinfeld

SUNY Distinguished Professor

Department of Architecture

382 Hayes Hall

Phone: 716-829-5899

Email: arced@buffalo.edu

Zinnerstrom

Karen Zinnerstrom

Coordinator for Training and Evaluation

Clinical Competency Center

211 Cary Hall

Phone: 716-829-3455

Email: khz@buffalo.edu

Student Associates

Nicole Little

Nicole Little

Graduate Student; Graduate Assistant

Architecture and Urban and Regional Planning and Community for Global Health Equity

Biplab Bhattacharya in Uganda

Biplab Bhattacharya

PhD Candidate; Graduate Assistant

Industrial and Systems Engineering and Community for Global Health Equity

Danielle Vasquez

Danielle Vasquez

Graduate Student

Management and Public Health and Health Professions