Idaho State University’s School of Nursing will provide health care for Idaho refugees, thanks to a $1.5 million grant from the Federal Health Resources and Services Administration. The grant will start in July and run for three years, according to project director Kelly Fanning, a nurse practitioner and associate clinical professor at ISU-Meridian.
Students and faculty from several disciplines will undergo training this fall to learn how to address the needs of the refugee population. Primary care providers will refer patients to the ISU project and student teams will work with a medical interpreter from the refugee community to help bridge cultural and language barriers.
Researchers hope the ISU project will lead to creation of a sustainable program that can be replicated for other vulnerable groups. Since 2001, more than 7,600 refugees from 36 countries have resettled in Idaho. Most live in the Treasure Valley and Twin Fall areas, according to the Idaho Office for Refugees in Boise.