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HPH Weekly: Four ways to fix the U.S. refugee mental health crisis

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Jo Zhou
February 29, 2024
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Four ways to fix the U.S. refugee mental health crisis

A black immigrant works with a health care worker to fallout a form on a clipboard in an outdoor urban area. Other health care workers stand in the background.
Erin Hooley / AP Photo

U.S. asylum seekers and refugees face enormous rates of depression, anxiety, and PTSD, and the nation’s broken mental health system isn’t helping. Anika Nayak and Divya Chhabra suggest four solutions for what is fast becoming a crisis. “For decades, immigrants have built our country,” they write. “The least we could do is protect them.”

Xavier Becerra talks mifepristone, Alabama IVF at WSJ Q&A

Secretary of Health and Human Services Xavier Becerra speaks at a media conference. He is seated in a cream arm chair and speaks to the audience. He wears a dark blue suit, tie and thin-rimmed glasses.
Wister Hitt / Dow Jones

At the WSJ Health Forum, U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Xavier Becerra talked about the Alabama Supreme Court’s decision to grant frozen embryos status as children: “It’s hard to understand. I would use the word ‘absurd,’ but my counsel would probably tell me not to.” Becerra’s comments also covered SCOTUS’s mifepristone case, lowering drug prices, and the low rate of COVID booster coverage in the U.S.

Memphis’s lead problem

Two young black children play in their rural backyard near Memphis, Tenessee. One child wears a bright pink coat and jeans, the other a bright red vest and jeans.
Andrea Morales for MLK50

We’ve known for nearly 45 years that even minor lead exposure poses massive risk to kids’ developing brains, yet lead exposure remains a risk in cities across the U.S. In Memphis, Tennessee, lead is exacerbating three of the city’s most pressing issues—education, health, and public safety—but local leaders have taken little action.

This story was originally published by MLK50: Justice Through Journalism.

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Jo Zhou
Jo Zhou is the social media manager and audience engagement specialist at Harvard Public Health. Read more from Jo Zhou.