UNC Refugee Wellness is a program through the UNC Social Work, developed to promote equitable access to mental health services for refugees in the Triangle of North Carolina. It started as an initiative to address two main shortages: mental health services available for refugees in the Triangle Area and opportunities for UNC Masters of Social Work students to receive training in refugee mental health. Refugee Wellness now operates as a field unit for MSW students, who provide mental health services to refugees with guidance and field instruction from Program Director Josh Hinson, MSW, LCSW.
Refugee Wellness partners with all four resettlement agencies in the Triangle, as well as a number of health clinics. The program receives state funding to provide mental health services to refugees in Wake, Durham, and Orange counties, as well as to train mental health service providers and resettlement agencies to better respond to refugee trauma and mental health.