On Monday, November 12th, team members from the Kenan Biddle Refugee Initiative held a workshop at the Center for New North Carolinians (CNNC) in Greensboro, NC.
Over the past year, Kenan Biddle Refugee Initiative team members have worked with service providers, community health workers, volunteers, and refugee community members to develop a training handbook for people working to serve the refugee community and improve access to much-needed services. The purpose of the workshop was introduce a draft of the handbook to people who interface between service providers and community members, understand the strengths and shortcomings of the handbook, and find opportunities to improve based on the experiences of workshop participants.
The handbook development and workshop are funded by the Kenan Biddle Partnership, a joint funding opportunity between the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and Duke University to support collaboration between students from both schools to engage and support the Triangle Area community. Over the past year, AA&D and its partners at Refugee Community Partnership (RCP), CNNC, and other North Carolina-based service providers have collaborated to understand the landscape of services that are available and accessible to refugee communities. The handbook is expected to be finalized in December 2018 and shared with partners in response to expressed need for comprehensive training for community health workers, resource navigators, volunteers, and other people working to support the communities in North Carolina.
The workshop was hosted by the CNNC, a University of North Carolina at Greensboro center to promote access and integration for refugees and immigrants in North Carolina. CNNC aims to improve the delivery of services for newcomers to North Carolina while conducting trainings and research to further support North Carolinian communities.