RWHC Expectant Mothers Classes & Community Outreach


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For a calendar of events, please visit: http://refugeewomensclinic.


Program Overview

Since 2008, the Refugee Women’s Health Clinic (RWHC) of the MIHS was launched to provide a comprehensive patient-centered medical home for refugee women and has served more than 3,500 patients from 39 countries, speaking 32 languages across Sub-Saharan Africa, South-East Asia, and the Middle East. The predominant refugee communities served are from Burma (Myanmar), Somalia, Burundi, Iraq, Liberia, South Sudan, and the Democratic Republic of Congo. Their mission is to provide culturally grounded, linguistically-appropriate, and locally accessible and comprehensive reproductive health services encompassing obstetric, gynecologic, and preventive health care, as well as family planning. It is the first clinic of its kind in the state of Arizona and is leading the nation in addressing reproductive health disparities among refugee women. The clinic helps refugee women navigate the health care system, and make informed medical decisions for themselves and their families; empowering them in overcoming previous traumatic experiences and rebuilding their lives in America. The RWHC has gained national recognition by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) as a best practice model of patient-centered care that is promoting improved refugee women’s health and reducing reproductive health disparities.As a part of their mission, we provide a series of classes for women in their third trimester of pregnancy who receive care at RWHC. The goal of these classes is to inform refugee women about RWHC, how to have a healthy pregnancy, delivery process, and post-partum care. At each RWHC Prenatal Education Class, we also teach what to do in emergency situations as well as about some general prenatal/postpartum care. These women are so appreciative of these classes and we would love all the help we can get! Both male and female medical students are welcome to sign-up to teach these classes! An orientation will be held at the start of the school year with more information on how to get involved!

To learn more about the mission of the Refugee Women's Health Clinic, please visit their website:

(Cultural navigators are always present to translate (in blue in this photo))

Program Leadership

RWHC Program Leader:

Monica Sadhu,

MS1, Class of 2022

Community Mentor:

Jeanne Nizigiyimana,

Student Coordinator: Danielle McIntosh,

Learning Objectives

  1. To provide education to refugee mothers about the process of delivering a baby in the US health care system. This includes access to care consisting of who to call when in labor, methods of transportation, the location of care, as well as empowerment tools to promote effective communication.
  2. To educate refugee mothers about physiological signs of labor, postpartum physical and mental changes, family planning options, and what to expect during postpartum and newborn visits.
  3. To educate refugee mothers about healthy nutrition and prenatal exercise necessary for a healthy pregnancy, as well as how to create a healthy home for their newborn.
  4. Medical students will develop cultural sensitivity and learn about cross-cultural health care by interacting with culturally diverse patient populations while learning about their cultures and transition to life in the United State through an activity where each refugee group will share about their cultural and medical practices in their country of origin.
  5. Medical students will gain an understanding on how to effectively communicate with people outside the medical community about health care topics and learn to communicate with non-English speaking patients with the help of translators (cultural health navigators). Additionally, they will learn the cultural concepts of relaying health information to patients.
  6. In addition to teaching these prenatal classes, medical students will have an opportunity to participate in community service and educational outreach events held by RWHC for the underserved refugee population, allowing the students to experience and learn more about this patient population. One of such activities is an annual holiday community drive held by RWHC for the refugee women and their families. Lane Bryant and other stores in the Phoenix community donate clothes and gifts to RWHC, which is distributed to the patients during this community event. Medical students will be able to participate in this event by helping to organize and distribute these gifts. Additionally, RWHC holds educational community outreach events about relevant health care topics and the prenatal classes that are taught at RWHC outside of the hospitals. Medical students will also have an opportunity to assist with teaching at these educational events.