Bridge to Care (BTC) is an interdisciplinary student organization at UNMC that focuses on improving the health outcomes for recently resettled refugees in the Omaha area. It aims to: discern group-specific needs; aid in acculturation and health care education; and improve cultural awareness among health care providers and students.
The overall structure of BTC is broken into three individual volunteer programs that approach working with refugee populations in different ways. These include:
Health Education Sessions
In an effort to provide refugees with a baseline understanding on navigating the health care system and of pertinent health issues, BTC provides refugee populations with monthly health education sessions on topics most applicable to their current health status. Topic range from making physician appointments and health insurance to hypertension and diabetes.
With Omaha Public Schools, BTC provides mentoring to refugee youth. This program was directly borne out of a request for refugee parents wanting more positive role models for their children here in the United States.
Twice per year, BTC hosts a health fair for refugee populations to have one-stop shop for healthcare. Popular booths include vision testing and glasses distribution, flu shots, and glucose, dental, and blood pressure screening. There are also many educational booths on a variety of health topics of interest.
Opportunities to Get Involved
There are a variety of ways students can participate in Bridge to Care:
- Serving on the Bridge to Care leadership board
- Planning or running sessions
- Mentoring youths in grades 5-12
- Helping with flu shot clinics
- Planning the refugee annual health fair
To learn more or find out how you can participate, please contact us.