Community Health Programs

Refugee Health Assessment Clinic

As one of ten Refugee Assessment Sites in Massachusetts, and one of only two in Boston, Whittier offers specialized expertise in engaging and serving immigrants and refugees from a wide variety of countries. Whittier is committed to hiring from the community to mirror the demographics of the populations served and targets the recruitment of people of African descent, Hispanic and other members of ethnic minority groups to join the Whittier staff.

But Whittier has to go beyond these measures if we are to truly address the health issues on newly arrived immigrants and refugees. Frequently, when confronted with such a broad and diverse array of cultures, we have to dig into ethnographical materials and use key informants to try to understand the people who come to us seeking health care. Our function is to mediate between Western medicine and traditional remedies, between science and culturally determined perceptions and traditional practices.

Fax Number: (617) 989-3054