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Tuesday, March 6, 2007
Children's to help Somali refugee families
Children's Hospital Boston has won a grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to bring mental-health services to Somali refugee families, the hospital announced today.
The $300,000 award will fund mental health programs at the Lilla G. Frederick Pilot Middle School in Dorchester over the next three years. The project is expected to serve 700 people, including children and their families, the hospital statement said.
The Boston University Graduate School of Social Work is offering two full scholarships to their Masterís of Social Work program to Somali individuals who will provide services as part of their training during the three-year grant period.
Other organizations involved are the Boston Public Schools, Refugee and Immigrant Assistance Center, Somali Development Center, The Alliance for Inclusion and Prevention, The Boston Healing Landscape Project and the Boston Center for Refugee Health and Human Rights.