story by Claire Miller
Faculty in the College of Education & Human Development’s Adult Literacy Research Center (ALRC) and Georgia State University’s Perimeter College received a $15,000 grant from the Atlanta Global Research and Education Collaborative to adapt a trauma intervention program for culturally- and linguistically-diverse communities.
ALRC Associate Director Iris Feinberg and Mary Helen O’Connor, director of the Center for Community Engagement at Perimeter College, will work with colleagues at Morehouse College, Emory University, Grady Memorial Hospital and Georgia State University’s Prevention Research Center on “Saving Lives in the Refugee Community: A Cultural and Linguistic Adaptation of Stop the Bleed,” which will translate a trauma intervention program called Stop the Bleed into Arabic, Somali and Burmese.
Stop the Bleed teaches bleeding control techniques to people who aren’t medical professionals – a training that can help save lives while waiting for first responders to arrive.
By translating this intervention program into three languages used most by refugee residents in Clarkston, Ga., Feinberg and her colleagues can help improve health outcomes for the city’s diverse population.
“Like knowing how to use CPR, having the skills to stop someone from bleeding to death has the impact of directly saving lives,” researchers wrote in their grant application. “This is a vulnerable community in great need of developing trust and familiarity with first responders and increasing knowledge and self-efficacy in emergency self-care.”
For more information about the Adult Literacy Research Center, visit https://education.gsu.edu/research-outreach/alrc.