In 2007, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation launched a three-year program, Caring Across Communities, aimed at bringing school-connected mental health services to children of immigrants and refugees. Many refugees and their children have witnessed horrors unimaginable to most Americans. As a result, they suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder and are in great need of mental health services.
In this chapter of the Anthology, Will Bunch, a Pulitzer Prize–winning journalist with the Philadelphia Daily News and the author of the recent book, The Backlash, writes about Caring Across Communities. He describes the different approaches adopted by grantees in 15 communities and examines the lessons that have emerged from the program. With racial and ethnic minorities poised to become the majority of the population by 2042, programs such as Caring Across Communities will only increase in importance.