Jasmine Matheson is Program Manager of the Washington State Department of Health, Refugee Health Program and serves as the State Refugee Health Coordinator. She works with local, state, and federal partners to improve health outcomes of resettled refugees.
Prior to joining the Washington State Department of Health, Ms. Matheson worked in communicable disease epidemiology and food safety in Virginia and New Zealand. She obtained her MPH from University of California, Berkeley and bachelor’s degree in biology from Mount Saint Mary’s College.
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Refugee children are vulnerable to health and nutrition risks that can have long-term consequences for their development and well-being. This report examines the prevalence of malnutrition—from stunting and wasting to overweight and obesity—among refugee children from birth to age 10, using data from an overseas medical screening exam before they were resettled in Washington State between 2012 and 2014.