Refugee Empowered Access to Community Health (REACH)

Closing the Health Care Gap in Iowa

Refugees who have made their home in Iowa face unique struggles. One of which is navigating the complex healthcare system. REACH bridges the gap between the doctor's office and the everyday lives of refugee families through trained refugee interpreters and community health workers.

 

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Beyond Interpretation

REACH provides support for refugee families and increases access to healthcare through education in-person interpretation, and wraparound support. For every dollar spent, providers can potentially get two dollars back through time savings, increased appointment volume and other efficiencies.

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Power of Peers

REACH health workers are from within the refugee community, understand the needs of their peers, and are passionate about health. This dynamic also creates an environment of trust, facilitates communication, and helps ensure refugees have access to quality care. The benefits are many — from fewer no-show appointments and emergency visits to an increase in successful outcomes and satisfaction for both patients and providers.

 

Our Partners

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About EMBARC

EMBARC, Iowa’s first refugee-led nonprofit, is a grassroots community-based organization founded by and for refugees. EMBARC believes real change comes from communities empowered to help themselves and that a high degree of community ownership and participation is essential for sustained self-sufficiency.