Savings Lives in the Refugee Community: A Cultural and Linguistic Adaptation of Stop the Bleed

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Please join us for an exciting series of presentations and learn about the globally-oriented, community-engaged research and education projects that have brought together faculty and students from diverse disciplines and multiple colleges/universities across the Greater Atlanta region.

The last event in the series is on 

Thu., December 2 |  10  - 11 am EST
Savings Lives in the Refugee Community: A Cultural and Linguistic Adaptation of Stop the Bleed
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  • Mary Helen O'Connor, Courtesy Faculty, School of Public Health, Georgia State University;  Director, Center for Community Engagement, Perimeter College
  • Randi Nicole Smith, Assistant Professor of Surgery, Assistant Professor of Public Health, Emory University; Trauma Surgeon at Grady Memorial Hospital
  • Deepika Koganti, MD, Assistant Professor of Surgery, Emory School of Medicine
  • Amy Zeidan, MD, Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine, Emory School of Medicine
  • Iris Feinberg, PhD, Georgia State University

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Abstract: With the support of the AGREC award, a team of clinicians, academics, and community leaders from Emory and Georgia State University adapted an evidence-based trauma intervention, Stop the Bleed, for culturally and linguistically diverse communities. The scholarship on health disparities in migrant, ethnic minority, and limited English proficient (LEP) communities as well as our own local research in a refugee resettlement community show there is an urgent need for health interventions to be adapted to communities where language and culture often serve as barriers to health equity. 

Stop the Bleed (STB) is a 90-minute course to train lay people in recommended response and bleeding control protocols that can save someone’s life while awaiting first responders; over 1 million individuals have been trained in STB. Unfortunately, some of our most vulnerable communities who are affected by trauma do not have access to this critical training as it is only available in English and Spanish. However, a culturally adapted implementation of Stop the Bleed in a large Somali community in the Seattle are demonstrated the feasibility of expanding this program in other ethnic communities as a way to increase knowledge and self-efficacy among community members to respond effectively in a trauma situation as well as address the structural barriers to health equity. 

Our team conducted focus groups with key stakeholders in several refugee communities in or near Clarkston, Georgia. Important findings revealed a desire to participate in STB training and other activities that connect communities to the healthcare system. Physicians and nurses from Grady hospital, Emory and Morehouse School of Medicine provided the training to Arabic, Somali and Burmese-speaking individuals at a Georgia state facility; the STB curriculum was modified for cultural and linguistic appropriateness for the three aforementioned language groups which comprise a majority of refugee residents in Clarkston, Georgia by modifying both program content and program delivery. Like knowing how to use CPR, having the skills to stop someone from bleeding to death has the impact of directly saving lives. 


The Atlanta Global Studies Center (AGSC) is proud to lead these efforts and house the multi-institutional consortia, Atlanta Global Research & Education Collaborative (AGREC)

Please see below for further details about AGREC and upcoming presentations.


*The featured projects were funded through AGREC during AY 20-21. 

**AGREC has continued to grow this year and is proud to support 9 projects engaging faculty and students from 10 universities/colleges as well as 11 community partners during AY21-22.  We look forward to featuring their work next academic year! Further details will be available on the 
AGREC webpage soon!

New projects supported in AY 21-22:

o    Global Learning for a Lifetime: Supporting Black Students at Home and Abroad 

o    Realizing the Vision: Designing a Community Science Collaboratory for the U.N. Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

o    Writers Without Borders: A Human Rights Writing Project for Atlanta’s Migrant Youth

o    The Global Communities Internship Program  

o    Supporting Holocaust Education for Atlanta Area Preservice Teachers through Collaborative Research, Resources, and Partnerships

o    Connecting global and local: Curricular development and global partnership in a Korean specials class at a public elementary school

o    Bringing Native Science into Atlanta’s K-12 dual language immersion: Digital curriculum development and adaptation in an APS classroom

o    Cultural Sensitivity Workshop: Building Bridges 

o    Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in Southeastern German Classrooms [pending]


Launched in 2020 and housed within the Atlanta Global Studies Center (AGSC), AGREC is comprised of five universities:

  • AGSC, a partnership of Georgia Tech and Georgia State University

  • Emory University’s Office of Global Strategy and Initiatives (GSI)

  • Agnes Scott College’s SUMMIT Center for Global Learning and Leadership Development

  • Spelman College’s Gordon Zeto Center for Global Education

  • Kennesaw State University's Division of Global Affairs

The Atlanta Global Research and Education Collaborative (AGREC) seeks to build and strengthen collaborative networks of multi-institutional scholars and practitioners to support global research and education initiatives in the Greater Atlanta region.


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  • Created: 11/28/2021
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