Register Today: Optimizing Primary Care for Refugee Newcomers Conference

July 20, 2023

Date: Friday, September 22, 2023

Time: 7:30 AM – 5:00 PM

Location: Women’s College Hospital, (Auditorium) 76 Grenville St, Toronto, ON

Register Here

This event has been approved for 7.5 Mainpro+ credits from the CFPC

The Refugee Primer will provide clinicians with practical skills to address the unique needs of newly arrived refugees to Canada. This one-day conference will allow clinicians to identify common and serious health challenges that confront their refugee patients and describe an approach to management of these conditions. It will also help clinicians identify resources to address the existing resource gaps that arise in the care of refugee populations.  The Primer will provide opportunities for health care providers to participate in and join existing networks of refugee-serving clinicians.

We believe that the sharing of this knowledge will address systemic and structural health inequities faced by refugees. C2.3 Embrace a community-serving mindset in the curriculum that pays special attention to health equity in considering population health outcomes and social &structural determinants of health, including training in patient and system advocacy.

A collaboration between the University of Toronto, Department of Family & Community Medicine & Women’s College Hospital, Women’s College Hospital


8:00-8:15Welcome, Goals, IntroductionsMeb Rashid, MD
Melanie Henry, MD
Danielle Martin, MD
Heather McPherson, MD
8:15-8:45Overview of Refugee MigrationMeb Rashid, MD
8:45-9:15The Refugee ExperienceRebecca Saburi
9:15-10:00Failure to Thrive in Refugee ChildrenShazeen Suleman, MD, MPH
10:15-11:15Refugee Mental HealthClare Pain, MD
11:15-12:00Parasitic Infections in RefugeesIsaac Bogoch, MD, MPH
1:00-1:45TuberculosisKamran Khan, MD
1:45-2:30Hepatitis B & CJordan Feld, MD, MPH
2:30-3:15Health Policy & AdvocacySteven Meagher
Ellen Tang, MSW, RSW
Vanessa Wright, RN, EC
3:30-4:00Interim Federal Health Insurance & System NavigationSemhar Musael
4:00-4:45Women’s HealthPraseedha Janakiram, MD
Rachel Spitzer, MD, FRCS(C), MPH
4:45-5:00Closing RemarksMeb Rashid, MD
Melanie Henry, MD

Learn more here

Questions, please contact