NYU College of Global Public Health Director of Global Health Strategy and an Associate Research Professor, and Executive Director of HealthRight International(HRI), Dr. Peter Navario, PhD, MPH and his colleagues at HRI received a grant to Build Health Sector Capacity in NYC to Serve Unaccompanied Migrant Children (UMCs). HRI was recently awarded this grant from the Harman Family Foundation to initiate a unique program to support unaccompanied migrant children (UMCs) in the New York metro area.
To address this issue, HealthRight will recruit and train medical and mental health providers with pediatric and child development experience to provide child-friendly, trauma-informed forensic evaluations for UMCs throughout the NY metro area in support of their immigration applications. Clinicians will also be trained to screen children for other needs and refer to HealthRight’s HRC staff for additional support. “We are excited to address this important need in the New York area, and we are hopeful that we can expand these efforts in other areas of the country where unaccompanied children can benefit from forensic and follow-up care” said Lauren Pesso, who oversees HealthRight’s programs on Migrant Health, including the Human Rights Clinic.
Dr. Navario was also the recipient of the Center for Drug User, HIV/HCV Research (CDUHR) Pilot Project Awards for his project, “Conflict and HIV in Ukraine: The Effect of Displacement on HIV-related Sex and Substance Use Risk Behaviors Among Ukrainian Young Adults,” which he is conducting under the mentorship of CGPH’s Dr. Danie Ompad. This study will document the substance use and sexual HIV risk behavior of displaced young adults from Kiev and Donestsk regions in pre-conflict, transitions and camp settings. It will identify HIV risk factors this group encountered in each setting, such as trauma and sexual violence, access to health services including harm reduction and HIV prevention, HIV prevalence in home and host communities, and amount of time displaced.