The purpose of the proposed Project Bridge is to bring a high quality of services for trauma treatment to the underserved population of children of refugee and immigrant families.
The core strategy is to create a safe, culturally-sensitive, linguistically accessible and trauma-informed system of care that includes effective evidence-based treatment interventions. Project Bridge plans to develop a systematic engagement, screening, assessment, treatment and recovery process that takes into account cultural and linguistic needs.
The population of focus for Project Bridge is refugees and immigrants who have resettled in Aurora, Colorado. According to the most recent Colorado Department of Public Health and the Environment (CDPHE) Surveillance Report about 2,000 refugees and asylum seekers come into Colorado annually, with most of them settling in Aurora, the geographic area for Project Bridge.
By targeting immigrant and refugee children specifically, Project Bridge's population includes those that are most vulnerable to social, economic and health inequities. These communities experience insecure and difficult socioeconomic conditions, including poor housing, unstable employment, acculturation issues, insufficient income and limited access to transportation and benefits. These health disparities are exacerbated by language and cultural barriers. The services and methods described in this project are responsive to the diverse linguistic and cultural needs of our unique population. The providers include those that come from the cultures we serve and our partner agencies are specifically designed to serve immigrant and refugee groups and base all of their service provision on providing culturally and linguistically relevant services.