Celebrating the community impact of the Refugee Health Collaborative

The St. Joe Foundation participated in the IU Health and IU Health Foundation Celebration of Community Impact on March 14. In December, the IU Health Foundation awarded St. Joe $1 million over three years to support the Refugee Health Collaborative.

The Collaborative includes Amani Family Services, Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend, International House, IU Health Primary Care Office of Dr. Cho Mar Aung, and DoubleUp Indiana to help meet the needs of local Burmese Nationals. The partners will ensure Burmese refugees are referred to services such as primary medical care, case management, mental health counseling, assistance with transportation for complex medical cases, and access to affordable, culturally appropriate, healthy food.

“We are so grateful for this partnership that will help meet many needs within the refugee community,” says Meg Distler, executive director of the Foundation. “Burmese Nationals may be referred to any partner agency for assistance with primary medical care, mental health resources, case management and information about access to healthy food.”