Health[e]Foundation and partners developed the Refugee Care[e]Education to educate healthcare workers involved in the care for refugees and immigrants. Central themes are health promotion and knowledge of health risks. The program consists of a kick-off workshop, an e-learning period including 8 modules and a closing workshop.
In June a pilot group started with 20 physicians and physician assistants who started the course with the kick-off workshop, which was followed by a 3,5 month e-learning i.e. self-study period. At the 17th of October the group gathered again to share experiences and evaluate the course. The evening started with an interactive evaluation of the course, followed by an enthusiastic presentation about OKT Amsterdam (social work teams for youth) from Sophie Bouwman en Mariem El Halimi who both work in the asylum center in Amsterdam. They gave practical examples, challenges and solutions how to reach and treat children and how to involve their parents. Afterwards the group discussed complex clinical cases, led by Rita Rammo en Gea Beenakker-Schelee of Co Team/Stichting Centrum45. The evening was closed with a presentation of Dr. Wilco Tuinebreijer, psychiatrist of the GGD Amsterdam concerning the ‘Amsterdamse aanpak voor statushouders’ which is an integrated approach to stimulate new immigrant residents of Amsterdam to integrate quickly and recognize mental health problems in early stages.
Evaluation of the course
By evaluating the learning curve of participants and the results of the group discussion and evaluation forms, the participants were very positive about the workshops as well as the e-learning. The content of the course was considered very informative and useful in daily practice. However not all participants finished all the modules completely. Participants indicated the modules were long and they did not have enough time. On average it took the participants an hour per module to study. They could not indicate which information should be deleted to shorten the course as they found everything equally valuable. For future training periods we will clearly communicate study-time needed, possibly organize only 1 workshop and with the accreditation of 11 credits we are confident more participants will pass the course.
New program periods are announced for Amsterdam and Den Haag from January – April. Read more about how to sign up on our website: https://www.healthefoundation.eu/website_page/509/refugee-care-e-education–nl-
We want to thank Stichting Dioraphte, Innovatiefonds and Gemeente Amsterdam for their support to develop the course and train this pilot group.