Newly Arrived Students/Families School Program

CCHI's Newly Arrived Students/Families School Program, formerly the Refugee School Program, supports recently-arrived refugees and immigrants and their families in integrating into public education.


2015 Outcomes

  • 108 students in Chelsea Public Schools were served from Somalia, Bhutan, Iraq, El Salvador, Guatemala, and Colombia.
  • The Immigrant and Refugee School coordinator had 384 contacts with immigrant and refugee students, and 75% of these contacts also involved the parents of the
  • The top concerns addressed were school integration and academic performance, challenging behavior, preparing for higher education, and mental health and trauma.


Ali Abdullahi, MSW

Manager, Complex Patient Populations

Center for Community Health Improvement


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