Marshallese have new resource for navigating life in Arkansas

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WHAT IS IT?
A new resource is available to help the Marshallese adjust to life in Northwest Arkansas.
“Living in Northwest Arkansas: What you need to know as a Marshallese” is a 63-page booklet created by the Gaps in Services to Marshallese Task Force.

WHAT IS IN THE BOOKLET? 
The booklet provides basic orientation to life in the region and explains certain things related to education, employment and health, such as how to enroll a child in school and how to make a doctor’s appointment.
It also includes tips on things people should do once they arrive in the United States and ideas for helping them adjust to life in a new place.The booklet is a revised and expanded version of one originally produced in 2009 by the Arkansas Minority Health Commission, said Grace Donoho, a commissioner and founder of the task force, which celebrated the new booklet at its meeting Wednesday.”The task force has worked a long time updating this,” Donoho said. “The first book was 26 pages, and we realized there were some more things we needed to include.”Courtney Radcliff, tuberculosis program manager at the Arkansas Department of Health, obtained a grant through her department to pay for 1,000 copies of the booklet — 500 in English and 500 in Marshallese.

WHERE CAN I GET ONE?

Copies will be available at various sites in the community such as the Health Department and the Springdale Public Library.
It is also available online LIVING IN NORTHWEST ARKANSAS 


Vilma Martinez, multicultural outreach librarian at the Springdale library and a task force member, said the booklet is a great resource.
“A lot of people just don’t know the resources that are available. Something that’s so basic for a citizen here is not readily known by the (Marshallese) community,” Martinez said.

 

DID YOU KNOW?
Between 8,000 and 12,000 Marshallese are estimated to live in Northwest Arkansas.
It’s the largest population of Marshallese in the continental United States.
NW News on 06/23/2016