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Refugee Health Program: Ukrainian Health Resources

As Wisconsin welcomes people arriving from Ukraine to our state, it is important for providers to have the knowledge and resources to provide culturally informed care.

For more information on Ukrainian arrivals, see the Department of Homeland Security's webpage.

For resources on culturally informed health care for Ukrainian arrivals, see below.

Please note that some general refugee health resources have been included. They may still be useful in guiding care for newly arrived Ukrainians.

Aerial view of Kyiv
 

CareRef: A tool for clinicians that gives guidance on post-arrival medical screenings. It is based on the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) Domestic Refugee Screening Guidance and the specialized needs of refugee populations. (The Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) highly recommends this resource.)

Contextual Considerations for Infectious Disease Control (PDF): Information from the European Center for Disease Prevention and Control. It details public health considerations for the prevention and control of infectious diseases in the context of Russia’s aggression towards Ukraine.

Health Education and Communication Tools: Health education tools from the CDC. These focus on refugee, immigrant, and migrant communities and others who don't speak English well.

Immunity Community – Fostering COVID-19 Vaccine Confidence: A free training course for providers. It offers strategies to increase confidence in COVID-19 vaccine.

Tuberculosis (TB) Screening for People Arriving from Ukraine to Wisconsin, P-03293 (PDF): Recommendations by the Wisconsin Tuberculosis Program on tuberculosis screening for Ukrainians who are part of the Uniting for Ukraine program.

Ukrainian Clinical Guidance: A publication from the Minnesota Center of Excellence in Newcomer Health. It outlines health screening recommendations for providers who work with people arriving from Ukraine.

Uniting for Ukraine: Department of Homeland Security's webpage. It provides an overview of Uniting for Ukraine and frequently asked questions.

Uniting for Ukraine Vaccine Attestation: A U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services webpage. It has information on pre-travel vaccine attestations for Ukrainians. It also lists the vaccines required for refugees within 90 days of arrival.

Vaccine Information Statements: Links to CDC's vaccine information statement. The information is also available in multiple languages

Wisconsin Tuberculosis (TB) Screening Tool for Ukrainian Humanitarian Parolees (UHP) Participating in the Uniting for Ukraine Program (U4U), (P-03293a) (PDF): Tool for completing components of tuberculosis screening for Ukrainians participating in the Uniting for Ukraine program.

Resources for care provision

Building a Culturally Informed Network of Refugee Mental Healthcare Providers: A guide for refugee service providers to increase cultural awareness in mental health practitioners.

Guide to Trauma-Informed Care: Preventing Crises and De-escalating Difficult Situations: A guide to help service providers interact with refugees in a trauma-informed way.

Headington Institute Resources: A collection of resources, including articles, reading courses, exercises, videos, and other materials. These can help caregivers to address resiliency, self-care, and vicarious trauma.

Institute on Trauma and Trauma-Informed Care: A website with talks, online modules, and manuals on trauma-informed care.

Mental Health First Aid: A website with trainings, courses, and resources on how to identify and support those with mental health or substance abuse problems.

Mental Health Resources for Clinicians and Researchers: Information from the International Trauma Consortium. It includes mental health materials and measures available in Ukrainian, Russian, and English.

Mental Health Technology Transfer Center Network: Resources to support the mental health of refugees and asylum seekers.

Psychological First Aid: A website by Unbound Medicine. with the “Who, What, Where, When, and Why” of PFA as well as implementation.

Psychological First Aid During COVID-19: A webinar on how to use psychological first aid (PFA) in the context of refugee health and COVID-19.

Psychological First Aid: Guide for Field Workers: A guide from the World Health Organization to practicing PFA in crisis situations as well as how to care for oneself and colleagues.

Refugee Trauma: From the National Child Traumatic Stress Network. A website with information on the experience of refugee, the effections of trauma, screening and assessment tools, interventions, and resources.

The 5 Components of Psychological First Aid: An article on the tools of PFA that can be used to "help patients as they respond to traumatic events."

Secondary trauma resources for care providers

Bearing Witness: Traumatic Stress and the Helping Professional: A webinar by the University of Minnesota’s Center for Practice Transformation. It focuses on how to identify and manage secondary traumatic stress. It also details the differences between secondary traumatic stress, vicarious trauma, moral injury, compassion fatigue, and burnout.

“I Was Already Burned Out, and Now This...” Strategies for Staff and Supervisors to Mitigate Burnout, Vicarious Trauma, and Other Occupational Hazards: A 2020 Switchboard training for front-line and management staff who work with refugees. It outlines types of occupational hazards for emotional distress and how to respond.

Secondary Traumatic Stress: A webpage by the Administration for Children and Families. It offers a description of secondary traumatic stress, symptoms of compassion fatigue, and relevant ways to help.

Secondary Traumatic Stress Handout: A PDF handout by ProQOL with English, Arabic, and Kiswahili translations. It outlines the definition of secondary traumatic stress. It also lists symptoms, risk factors, and self-care practices.

Secondary Traumatic Stress Series: A series of webinars by the National Child Traumatic Stress Network. It includes “Cultural Implications of Secondary Traumatic Stress,” “Secondary Traumatic Stress and Provider Self Care in Disaster and Terrorism Settings, Organizational Secondary Traumatic Stress,” and “Secondary Traumatic Stress... What is it?”

Wellbeing for Service Providers During COVID-19 — Managing our Own Emotional Needs While Helping Refugee Clients: A Switchboard article for those helping refugees. It discusses the emotional challenges in helping professions. It also gives ways to recognize and address them.

Working with Young People in the Trauma Space — Vicarious Trauma: An Orygen webinar for professionals working with young people who have gone through trauma and injustice. It describes a framework of self-care rather than specific self-care practices.

Psychological First Aid: A Switchboard webinar on PFA in the context of the events in Ukraine. It includes the basics of PFA and cultural information on Ukraine.

Immunization

COVID-19 Vaccine Information Toolkit: Toolkit from the Washington State Department of Health with various links translated immunization resources

Plain Talk About Childhood Immunization: A 50-page booklet for parents on immunizations and their benefits, risks, and effectiveness as well as vaccine safety: English | Ukrainian | Russian

Vaccination Record Interpretation Guide: Translation guide for school personnel, providers and other medical practitioners assessing immunization records in Ukrainian and Russian, created by the Washington State Department of Health.

Vaccine Information Statements (VIS)

  • Ukrainian Translated VIS for: Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B, MMR, Polio - IPV, Tdap, and Varicella (chickenpox)
  • Russian Translated VIS for: DTaP, Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B, Hib, HPV, Influenza - inactivated, Influenza - live intranasal, MenACWY, MenB, MMR, MMRV, Multi-vaccine, PCV, PPSV23, Polio - IPV, Rotavirus, Td, Tdap, Varicella (chickenpox), and Recombinant Zoster (shingles)

Medication

Picking up medications: scroll through right panel once hyperlink is opened to select from 15 languages:

  • Arabic
  • Burmese
  • Dari
  • English
  • French
  • Kirundi
  • Maay Maay
  • Mandarin
  • Nepali
  • Pashto
  • Spanish
  • Ukrainian
  • Vietnamese
  • Somali
  • Swahili

Mental health

Psychological First Aid: Tips for Adults: English | Ukrainian | Russian

Psychological First Aid: Parent Tips for Helping Adolescents: English | Ukrainian | Russian

Psychological First Aid: Parent Tips for Helping Infants and Toddlers: English | Ukrainian | Russian

Psychological First Aid: Parent Tips for Helping Preschoolers: English | Ukrainian |

Psychological First Aid: Parent Tips for Helping School-Age Children: English | Russian

Age-Related Reactions to Traumatic Events: English | Ukrainian | Russian

After a Crisis: Helping Young Children Heal: English | Ukrainian | Russian

Tuberculosis (TB)

Active Tuberculosis Disease Fact Sheet, (P-42099) (PDF): English l Russian l Ukrainian

Latent Tuberculosis Infection Fact Sheet, (P-2099B) (PDF): English l Russian l Ukrainian

Tuberculosis: General Information Fact Sheet from CDC: English | Ukrainian

Questions and Answers About Tuberculosis from CDC: English | Ukrainian

How to Take Your TB Medicine from Massachusetts Department of Public Health (MDPH): English | Ukrainian | Russian

Keep Taking Your TB Medicine from MDPH: English | Ukrainian | Russian

Taking Your TB Medicine from MDPH: English | Ukrainian | Russian

You Can Have TB and Feel Healthy from MDPH: English | Ukrainian | Russian

You Have TB Infection (A Type of TB) from MDPH: English | Ukrainian | Russian

Translated resources by the Southeast National TB Center:

Cultural Quick Reference Guide: Ukraine

You Can Prevent Tuberculosis: A Patient Educational Handout

12-Dose Regimen for LTBI Patient Educational Brochure

12-Dose Regimen for Latent TB Infection Medication Tracker and Symptom Checklist

Additional translated resources

Uniting for Ukraine Overview and FAQ: Department of Homeland Security's webpage that provides an overview of Uniting for Ukraine and frequently asked questions.

CDC Resources in Languages Other than English: Translated resources from the CDC on various health related topics.Additional health-related resources

Benefits for Ukrainian Humanitarian Parolees: A fact sheet by the Office of Refugee Resettlement with information on what constitutes a humanitarian parolee status, available benefits, how to determine eligibility, how to apply, and what resources there are to help. Ukrainian | Russian

Health Coverage Options for Certain Ukrainian Nationals: A fact sheet by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services with information on health coverage options for Ukrainian Humanitarian Parolees.

Know Your Rights : Department of State Travel's pamphlet describing individual's rights while working in the United States. Ukrainian | Russian

Additional health-related resources

Benefits for Ukrainian Humanitarian Parolees: A fact sheet by the Office of Refugee Resettlement. It has information on what constitutes a humanitarian parolee status, available benefits, how to determine eligibility, how to apply, and what resources there are to help. Ukrainian | Russian

Health Coverage Options for Certain Ukrainian Nationals (PDF): A fact sheet by CMS (Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services). It offers information on health coverage options for Ukrainian Humanitarian Parolees.

Know Your Rights (PDF): Department of State Travel’s pamphlet describing individual’s rights while working in the United States. Ukrainian | Russian

Want to find out how you can help Ukrainian arrivals? Go to the Wisconsin Department of Children and Families website to learn more.

Who to contact for help

Questions?

Last revised February 24, 2023