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Although the refugees receive Medicaid and other services for the first eight months they’re in the United States, after that time they are often on their own—they’re expected to have a job that provides health insurance.

United States, after that time they are often on their own—they’re expected to have a job that provides health insurance. “Inevitably what happens is that they fall out of the safety net right away,” Berggren says. The students conducted a needs assessment survey and found that although Bexar County, where San Antonio is located, provides a program called CareLink that prorates the medical bills of those who are poor and uninsured, many of the refugees weren’t in the program, she says. Nearly one-third of the refugees have no formal education and the percentage of people who could function in English is quite low, Berggren says. By establishing the free, student-run clinic, the refugees receive basic medical care and are referred to other facilities for further treatment.

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SUSAN LADIKA has been a journalist for more than 20 years, working in both the United States and Europe. She is now based in Tampa, Florida. Her last article for IE was “Women in Latin America—Opportunity Through Education” in the March/April 2011 issue.

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Third-year medical student Anna Haring recalls one 43-year-old Congolese mother of nine who came in for allergy treatment and requested a pregnancy test, which proved positive. The woman then miscarried and was taken to the hospital, where she didn’t understand what was happening because of the language differences, and thought she was dying. The doctors and students at the clinic helped her understand what had occurred. “It’s a tough population to talk to in an emergency room setting. I’m glad the clinic can provide that oneon-one service,” Haring says. Now the clinic is establishing a program in which students “will do whatever it takes to help people achieve health and wellness,” Berggren says. That could mean accompanying them to medical or CareLink appointments. Other universities have taken an active part in tutoring refugees to improve their English skills. At Kent State University in Kent, Ohio, students have been involved in tutoring refugees through a number of programs. Diane Baldridge, a senior majoring in general studies, is a nontraditional student who has worked extensively with refugees when she was employed by the American Red Cross. Now she volunteers with various international programs, including Asian Services in Action Inc. Tutoring helps youngsters who have problems with certain subject areas, she says. “It’s very hard for parents. Most don’t speak English or don’t speak it well, so it’s hard to help them with their homework.” Baldridge also has been involved with a wide range of other programs, from Scout troops to summer camps, and she incorporates her work with refugees into her studies whenever possible. She revels in what she’s been able to learn about those from other cultures, as well as about herself. “I have the opportunity to touch a world I would never have an opportunity to touch,” she says, and with the mutual learning experience she’s found, “we’re all the same. By learning to respect each other and love each other it’s a chance to bring peace to our country and our world.” IE



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