BU Today Kicks off Immigration Series with Look at SPH Clinic for Torture Survivors

Today, BU Today kicks off a six-part series called “Reaching Out” that takes an in-depth look at the many ways the Boston University community is working to improve the lives of immigrants and refugees living in Boston.

The first installment features the work being done at the Complementary and Alternative Medicine Refugee Health Clinic (CAM). Staffed by acupuncturist Ellen Silver Highfield and Michael Grodin, a professor of health law, bioethics, and human rights at the School of Public Health (SPH), the clinic offers non-Western therapies to help treat torture survivors.  Through the use of traditional healing methods, botanicals, mind-body techniques and traditional Chinese medicine, Highfield and Grodin are helping refugees who have lived through or witnessed unspeakable horrors.

Tomorrow, the series will cover the Haitian Earthquake Long-term Pediatric Support (HELPS) team, an effort by the School of Medicine (MED) and Boston Medical Center to offer social and legal services to Haitians who fled following last year’s devastating earthquake.


Sarah Philips posted on January 24, 2011 at 4:18 pm

This should be a very interesting and insightful series. I am volunteering in Haiti at the moment and any effort to drum up more support is fantastic.


Dr. Jason posted on May 23, 2011 at 4:45 pm

This is a wonderful idea. Alternative medicine should be used in every country.

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