The Pathways to Wellness: Integrating Refugee Health and Well-being project field-tested an evidenced-based screener that is easily used in healthcare settings. The Refugee Health Screener-15 (RHS-15) was designed to be short (15 questions) with neutral language that does not directly address violence, torture, or trauma. The RHS-15 was empirically developed to be a valid, efficient and effective screener for common mental disorders in refugees. The RHS-15 has been integrated into standard physical health screenings for newly arrived refugees in many states across the United States and has been used internationally supporting asylum seekers.

CEO and President of WSI, Dr. Michael Hollifield led the evaluation efforts with the Pathways team. Together they developed publications and other information packets on how to effectively use the RHS-15 and situate it within cross-cultural healthcare.  Check back for “Best Practice Guidelines in Screening and Referral to Care.”

The RHS-15 was developed by the Pathways to Wellness: Integrating Refugee Health and Well-being © partners, a project of: Lutheran Community Services Northwest, Asian Counseling and Referral Services, Public Health Seattle & King County, and Michael Hollifield, M.D. Generously funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, United Way of King County, The Medina Foundation, M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust, Seattle Foundation, and the Boeing Employees Community Fund.

To access the RHS-15 and Referral Scripts

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