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Hasbro Refugee Clinic Concerned By Debate Over Syrian Refugees

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As the debate about receiving more Syrian refugees continues, a Hasbro Children’s Hospital doctor worries about refugees who have already made the...

As the debate about receiving more Syrian refugees continues, a Hasbro Children’s Hospital doctor worries about refugees who have already made the journey to Rhode Island.

Dr. Carol Lewis runs the health clinic for refugee children at Hasbro. She says she worries about how the escalating back-and-forth about accepting refugees will affect her teenage patients in particular.

“They’re hearing this stuff on the news. And how must that make them feel? When you hear these terribly un-welcoming comments about refugees," said Lewis.

Lewis says many of her patients, including a growing number from Iraq, have already experienced trauma back home. Feeling unwelcome could exacerbate that trauma, she says.

They and their families were invited to resettle in the United States after a lengthy vetting process. Rhode Island resettles about 200 to 250 refugees a year. 

The refugee health clinic conducts the initial health exam required by the federal government on all refugees it resettles. Then the clinic follows up with additional health care, as needed. The children are connected with health insurance.
The refugee health clinic conducts the initial health exam required by the federal government on all refugees it resettles. Then the clinic follows up with additional health care, as needed. The children are connected with health insurance.