Julie Tippens will present “Visual and Participatory Approaches to Identify Refugees’ (Mental) Health-Promoting Resources: A Photovoice Study with Yazidi Women” at 1 p.m. Sept. 28. The event is free and open to the public.
Tippens is an assistant professor in the Department of Child, Youth, and Family Studies at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. She is a global health scholar with two decades of experience as a practitioner and researcher with populations affected by forced and survival migration in North America, Central America, Southeast Asia and East Africa. Her current research focuses on refugees’ resilience- and health-promoting strategies in resettlement and humanitarian settings in the United States, Kenya and Tanzania. As an interdisciplinary, community-engaged investigator, Tippens blends ethnographic, participatory and visual research methods to understand the sociocultural and structural determinants of refugees’ health in diverse contexts.
Before joining the university, Tippens worked with organizations such as Physicians for Human Rights, the U.S.-Mexico Border Health Commission and the National Cancer Institute to address migration and health, and improve health equity. She has served as a consultant and subject matter expert on refugee resilience and psychosocial health for the United Nations Refugee Agency in Kenya, the International Rescue Committee’s technical assistance program (“SwitchboardTA”) and the ARQ National Psychotrauma Centre/ARQ International (Netherlands). Her research has been published in top health and migration journals, including Qualitative Health Research, the Journal of Immigrant and Refugee Studies and the American Journal of Orthopsychiatry.
The talk is sponsored by the Minority Health Disparities Initiative, as part of its Health Equity Speaker Series.