Wade, Recruiter at Primary Children's Medical Center

A refugee is any person who is outside any country of such person’s nationality, and who is unable to return to and is unable to avail him or herself of the protection of that country because of persecution on account of race, religion, nationality, membership in a particular social group or political opinion.

Seventy thousand to eighty thousand refugees come to the United States each year for permanent resettlement. Utah is home to over 30,000 resident refugees who enrich our community. The majority of the refugees come from Iraq, Bhutan, Myanmar (formerly Burma) and Somalia. The refugee community faces many challenges in their new home.  They include transportation, housing, unemployment, education for youth, obtaining healthcare services, creating a community center and the biggest challenge, finding employment.

Two years ago, Recruiters at Primary Children’s Medical Center partnered with the State of Utah Refugee Office to offer assistance. They met with job coaches and developed with a formal program for on the job training. During 2009, ten individuals completed the training program. These refugees were able to increase their skill set, impress the team with their work ethic and became a valuable member of the Intermountain team.

During the Utah Refugee Conference held November 6, 2009, the director of the state Refugee Services Office, Gerald Brown, recognized Intermountain's Primary Children’s Medical Center as Outstanding Employer of the Year in recognition of the company's efforts to promote self-sufficiency through employment.

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