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Dr. Holly Sienkiewicz

Dr. Holly Sienkiewicz (Center for New North Carolinians) received new funding from United Way of Greater Greensboro for the project Immigrant Health ACCESS Project Support.

Purpose/Problem:  Immigrants are uninsured and face multiple barriers  to access appropriate and available health care and often end up at the Hospital Emergency Departments for non-emergency health issues, and many who have real emergencies go without care.

Objective:  To assist immigrants in gaining access to health care services and navigate the health systems by providing interpreters and community Health Workers.

Method:  Working in conjunction with the Guilford  Community Care Network , provide screening, assessment, and referral and identify the uninsured and seek solutions to connect them to a local integrated health clinic.

Sienkiewicz also received a continuation of funding from United Way of Greater Greensboro for the project Refugee and Immigrant Social Work Education (RISE) Program.

The RISE Program serves the most vulnerable immigrants and refugees, described below, in Greensboro by helping them access services and resources that contribute to breaking the cycle of poverty. The program utilizes social work student interns and AmeriCorps members (supervised by CNNC staff) to work with clients experiencing significant difficulties accessing and utilizing services. Interns and AmeriCorps members are trained to provide culturally appropriate case management and interpretation services to ensure that program participants are connected to the right supports and services and take steps to ensure that information and resources provided are utilized. Newly arrived immigrant and refugee families experience significant barriers navigating the seemingly ever-changing landscape of health, human, and social services in Greensboro (i.e. limited knowledge of English, challenges with public transportation).

Through RISE, participants will increase their self-sufficiency through information referral, training, and support. Specifically, clients learn and practice the following skills: communicating in a new language, making telephone calls, scheduling appointments, requesting language interpretation, utilizing public transportation, completing program registration paperwork, and identifying and accessing safety net and support services. RISE operates primarily out of the CNNC’s three community center sites in addition to accepting referrals from external agencies and other CNNC programs.  Currently, the program runs throughout the academic year only. Pending additional funding, this program would operate year-round eliminating the gap in services currently experienced during summer months.

Sienkiewicz also received a continuation of funding from United Way of Greater Greensboro for the project Greensboro Refugee Employment Advancement Team (GREAT).

The Greensboro Refugee Employment Advancement Team (GREAT) has existed informally since 2012 and as a formal group since early 2015.  UWGG previously funded a portion of the CNNC’s employment program, CLASS, that was and remains a component of GREAT. GREAT assists unemployed and underemployed immigrants and refugees attain and retain family-sustaining employment.  Upon enrollment, all participants provide past employment history and complete an Employment Accessibility Plan (EAP). Through this plan participants identify employment goals and are then referred to an appropriate track based on those goals.

Participants also complete an English Language Assessment to ensure that the track matches their English Language level. Tracks include: Job Preparation, Career Advancement, and Vocational Training. The Job Preparation track helps individuals with basic skills such as preparing a resume, learning job search techniques, and practicing interviews.  The Career Advancement track helps individuals with jobs improve their employment situation and includes obtaining the NC Career Readiness Certificate. The Vocational Training Track is for individuals looking to start a new career where training is required such as a Certified Nursing Assistant program, Forklift Training, Apartment Maintenance Technician, Phlebotomy or Pharmacy Technician.