There are many health needs in the refugee community and FIRM works very hard to meet these needs through several key programs.
Culturally Based Access/Navigation Services (CBANS): A mental health program that works in stigma reduction, outreach and education, advocacy and more for the refugee community. The program includes one-on-one drop-in services, case management, peer support groups, referrals to community resources, regular workshops in Hmong/Laotian/Khmer/Arabic and home visitations to ensure that Southeast Asian, Slavic, Syrian and other refugee communities are receiving culturally competent mental health services.
Consumer Family Advocacy (CFA): A mental health program that serves the unique needs of individuals and families from the Southeast Asian community. The program includes one-on-one drop-in services, case management, peer support groups, referrals to community resources, regular workshops in both Hmong and Laotian and home visitations to ensure that the Southeast Asian community is receiving culturally competent mental health services.
Horticultural Therapeutic Community Centers (HTCC): A mental health program that is our community garden program. We operate five community gardens throughout Fresno County that serve the Southeast Asian (3 gardens), Slavic (1 garden) and African (1 garden) populations. Beyond providing gardens to program participants (which leads to increased wellness in refugee communities), this program includes case management, peer support groups, referrals to community resources and much more! Please contact Program Coordinator, Tony Bounthapanya for more information.
Medi-Cal Enrollment & Support: FIRM assists Hmong and Laotian individuals and families in enrolling into Medi-Cal through Application Advocates. Application Advocates also supports those that are enrolled with using their Medi-Cal, selecting doctors, renewals and other needs as well. FIRM has enrolled over 600 Hmong and Laotian residents in Fresno County who may not have been enrolled otherwise! Please contact Application Advocate, Chao Cha for more information.
Summerset Health Improvement Project (SHIP): FIRM works closely with the residents at Summerset and their direct health needs through walking groups, traditional Southeast Asian dance, circuit training, cultural sports (such as takraw) and much more! Please contact Program Coordinator, Mia Cha for more information.