CEH Celebrates Refugee Day with winners of 2018 Community Grants Program.

It was announced today, two community groups will work with the Centre for Culture, Ethnicity & Health (CEH) to improve the health of refugee and migrant communities as winners of CEH’s Community grants program. The recipients were two of five finalists for the program which is designed to encourage health promotion through education. Applications were drawn from a range of newly arrived refugee and migrant community groups.

The winners were announced during an event in North Richmond. Each winner will receive grants worth a total of $2000 as well as additional in-kind support from CEH to help realise the projects.

M-CAN Grant Recipient

Peter Uzande of the African Australian Welfare Bureau Community, Inc. receives the M-CAN Community Grant

“The Centre for Culture, Ethnicity & Health is excited by the opportunity to collaborate with two of Melbourne’s communities in this inaugural grants program,” CEH Co-manager Alison Coelho said today.

“We are excited by the enthusiasm for the program and look forward to seeing how the African Australian Welfare Bureau Community and the Hume Afghan Association community vision combine with CEH expertise to improve the lives of people from refugee and migrant backgrounds,” Alison said.

Both projects will be community lead education programs focussing on improving knowledge about Blood Borne Viruses, Sexual Health and the impact of Alcohol and other drugs, as well as addressing strategies to reduce stigma and discrimination.

“We are grateful to Monash Health and the Department of Health and Human Services for their support through the application process,” Alison said, “These ground-breaking projects have the potential to become models for other communities around Australia”.

The winners were announced on June 20 as part of CEH celebrations for World Refugee Day designed to commemorate the strength, courage and perseverance of millions of refugees.

“CEH is proud of the work we do in partnership with new communities in Australia,” Alison said. “It is particularly important on World Refugee Day to share that these new communities are actively engaged with building a better environment for everyone and we will continue to fight with them to create equity and reduce stigma and discrimination”.

 

 

 

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