2017 Sunday June 18th

7:00-8:00 Breakfast with the Experts
8:00-8:45 Looking at Refugee Health through the Lens of Population Mobility
Dr. Brian Gushulak
8:45-9:30 The humanitarian system is not just broke, but broken: recommendations for future humanitarian action
Dr. Paul Spiegel
9:30-9:40 Travel Time

Oral Presentations | Session 3


  • Assisting patients with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder in Primary Care
    Jill Benson
  • Brief Mobile Mental Health Intervention Resulting in Significant Reduction in Trauma Symptoms and Increase in Coping Skill Use in Refugees
    Emily Mazzulla
  • Common Threads: an innovative group mental health intervention for refugee women
    Rachel Cohen
  • Mental health sequelae and histories of violence among asylum-seekers who have undergone FGM/C
    Hazel Lever, Deborah Ottenheimer, Holly Atkinson, Elizabeth Singer

Syrian Refugees

  • Migrating Syrian refugees Diana
    Al-Qutub, Aleksandar Galev, Heather Burke, Walid Slim, Kolitha Wickramage, Saad Kharabsheh
  • The health issues of Syrian Refugees in Adelaide, South Australia
    Antonietta Maldari, Natasha Elsley, Razlyn Abdul Rahim
  • Update on Syrian Refugee Health Assessment and Preventive Care: Prevalence of G6PD, Viral Hepatitis and Varicella in Syrians in Ottawa
    Dolly Lin, Rebecca Warmington, Laura Muldoon, Douglas Gruner, Carol Geller, Kevin Pottie
  • Building Bridges: Sustainability in Refugee Clinics through planned transitions to community providers
    Ashley Sharpe, Dr. Morgan MacKenzie


  • Public-Private Partnerships for Uninsured Refugees to Access Primary Care
    Ana Choban, Christina Ottis
  • Talking about health and experiences of using health services with people from refugee backgrounds
    Lauren Tyrell, Philippa Duell-Pienin, Michal Morris, Sue Casey
  • Exploring ethnocultural differences in distress levels of refugees during early resettlement: A mixed methods study
    Maria Vukovich
  • Transition Program within the Mosaic Refugee Health Clinic
    Christa Kahl, Cheryl San Juan


  • Demographics, domestic refugee health assessment history, and clinical risk factors among Minnesota primary refugees diagnosed with tuberculosis (TB) disease, 1993-2016
    Kailey Urban, Blain Mamo, Dzung Thai, Alicia Earnest
  • Hepatitis B Vaccination Coverage Rates and Potential Missed Vaccination Opportunities after Resettlement among Refugee Arrivals in Washington State, 7/1/2012-6/30/2016
    Azadeh Tasslimi, Chas De Bolt, Jasmine Matheson
  • Using Mobile Apps to Monitor Immunization Uptake among Newcomers to Canada: The Case of CANImmunize
    Michelle Paradis, Katherine Atkinson, Ruth Rennicks-White, Doug Manuel, Charles Hui, David Ponka, Paula Day, Siffan Rahman, Kumanan Wilson


  • Interest in Collaborative, Practice-based Research Networks in Pediatric Refugee Health Care
    Sural Shah, Katherine Yun
  • Developmental Referrals for Children Coming as Refugees: Characterization of Specific Needs
    Rebecca Scharf, Christina Briscoe Abath, Allison Watkins, Stephanie McNerney
  • Differential Diagnosis for Cerebral Palsy in Refugee Children: a Cohort Study
    Rebecca Scharf, Christina Briscoe Abath, Allison Watkins, Stephanie McNerney


  • The Role of Health and Human Rights in Medical School Education: Experiences from The Mount Sinai Human Rights Clinic
    Syed Haider, Elizabeth Singer
  • University of Louisville Journal of Refugee and Global Health: Addressing the Need for New Knowledge in a Rapidly Changing Field
    Elizabeth Barnes, Rahel Bosson, Rebecca Ford
  • Advocacy Through Education: The Benefits and Burdens of Introducing a Refugee Health Curriculum Into a School of Medicine
    Rachel Yoskowitz, Nelia Afonso
  • Cooking Together: Newcomers and medical students building knowledge, respect and community around food
    Kate Duff, Shree Mulay

Global Refugee Health and Migration Settlement

  • Application of Conservation of Resource Theory with Camp Refugees
    Miriam George, Anita Vaillancourt
  • Everyday Politics of Life: The Narrowing of Purpose in Protracted Uncertainty
    Tra Tran, Nali Gillepsie
  • Financial Challenges in Managing Cancer Among Adult Syrian Refugees in South Lebanon
    Aishah Alqaderi, Hend Al Safran, Selma Al Qattan
  • Cancer Care at Times of Crisis and War: The Syrian Example
    Eman Sahloul, Bassel Atassi, Riad Salem, Ammar Sukari, Wasim Maziak

Nutrition and the Body

  • Nutritional deficiencies among populations of newly arriving government assisted refugee children to Canada
    Carolyn Beukeboom, Neil Arya
  • Assessing Satisfaction of Refugee Women in Accessing and Utilizing a Dedicated Prenatal Clinic: A Cross-Sectional Survey
    Sarah Gieszl, Crista Johnson-Agbakwu, Aduragbem Banke-Thomas, Jeanne Nizigiyimana
  • Impact of a School Nutrition Intervention on the Nutrition Security of Refugee Children in Lebanon: Findings from a Pilot Study
    Lamis Jomaa, Nahla Hwalla, Shady Hamadeh, Rabih Shibli
10:40-11:00 Break
  • Concurrent-Plenary #1 – Tropical Dermatology
    Dr. Jay Keystone
  • Concurrent-Plenary #2 – Resistance and Non-Compliance in Care for Refugees
    Georgi Kroupin
  • Concurrent-Plenary #3 – Citizenship Disability Waiver Evaluation: Form n-648.
    Kathleen Connors
12:00-1:00 Lunch | Posters and Exhibitors
1:00-2:00 Meeting by invite only: NYCRAHC

Workshops | Session 5

  • Maternity Care for Refugees
    Elizabeth Kvach, Melissa Beagle
  • Forced & Child Marriage in Refugee Populations in North America
    Casey Swegman
  • An Introduction to Canada’s Refugee Health Clinics: Research and Advocacy
    Gabriel Fabreau, Kevin Pottie, Mei-Ling Wiedmeyer, Vanessa Redditt, Meb Rashid
  • Key considerations and models for addressing mental health and substance use within refugee communities
    Maria Mercedes Avila, Andrea Green, Jody Kamon, Virginie Diambou, Bidur Dahal, Noor Bulle
  • Navigating Interpreted Encounters through the Trauma Lens
    Maria Melititskaya
  • Effective medical documentation for the asylum seeker
    Jessica O. Lee, Wendell Block
  • How Lawyers and Doctors can work together for refugee clients
    Lorne Waldman
  • Vaccinating your refugee patient
    Paul Geltman, Mahli Brindamour, Patricia Li
  • Part One: Management of parasitic infections in US and Canadian bound refugees and recent research developments
    William Stauffer
2:00-2:10 Travel Time

Workshops | Session 6

  • Treating Mental Illness In Refugees In The Primary Care Sector: A Curriculum
    Aniyizhai Annamalai, Maya Prabhu
  • Working With and Employing Refugee Populations – Preventing Perpetuation of Violence in the Workplace
    Jordan Fallow
  • Resilience as a Factor in Refugee Resettlement: The Role of Context and Culture
    Judith Colbert
  • HIV Primary Care: Optimizing HIV primary care as a chronic disease
    Praseedha Janakiram, Cheryl Wagner
  • A Workshop for Survivor and Client-Centered Safety Planning for Refugee Survivors of Domestic Violence: The International Rescue Committee in Atlanta
    Stephanie Clemente, Betsy Gard, Jessica Dalpe, Paulene Barnes, Alison Spitz
  • Developing and Utilizing a Zika Screening Protocol for Refugee Arrivals: Successes, Challenges, and Lessons Learned in Harris County, Texas
    Aisha Haynie, Tamisha Piper, Taniece Griffin, Diana Martinez, Sherry Jin, Brian Reed, Umair Shah
  • The Adult Refugee With Insomnia: Should providers lose sleep over prescribing sleep medications?”
    Peter Cronkright, Ayan Mohamed, PA-C
  • Workshop: Working with LGBTI persons in forced displacement
    Gabriel Schrivar
  • Part Two: Clinical case management of parasitic infection in refugees after arrival in light of pre-departure presumptive treatment (clinical scenario based cases with expert discussion).
    William Stauffer
  • Practical Approaches and Tools to Address Nutrition Problems in Refugee Families
    Elizabeth Dawson-Hahn, Tarissa Mitchell, Paul Geltman, Lorren Koceja, Suzinne Pak-Gorstein, Elizabeth Kvach
3:10-3:20 Travel Time
3:20-4:20 Right to flee from Northern Triangle of Central America-The Findings of Medecins Sans Frontieres in Mexico
Doctors Without Borders, Bertrand Rossier
4:20-4:30 Conference Adjournment