Premier Refugee Health Conference Coming to Toronto

There are close to 1.2 million refugees around the world in critical need of resettlement due to conflict in their home country. The Government of Canada is working with private sponsors, non-governmental organizations and provincial, territorial, and municipal governments to assist them. As an example, more than 350 communities across the country have welcomed over 40,000 Syrian refugees since November 2015. The number of refugees around the world will continue to rise. The recent U.S. travel and refugee ban has led to a jump in the number of people crossing to Canada, often illegally, and seeking refugee status. The growing number of refugees presents enormous challenges to medical practice. With goals to improve the skills of health care professionals that work with refugee health, Faculty Lead of Indigenous and Refugee Health, Dr. Anna Banerji has been working on the biannual North American Refugee Health Conference (formerly Canadian Refugee Health Conference) since 2007. The conference seeks to identify the best health practices pre- and post-migration, and provides the latest research for optimal care. Conference topics will include Chronic Disease, LGTBQ Health, Mental Health and PTSD, and Refugee Education Development, with a special focus on Syrian Refugee Crisis. Review the conference agenda for a complete list of speakers, workshops and presentations. The North American Refugee Health Conference will be held on June 16 – 18, 2017 at the Sheraton Centre Toronto Hotel. Register now!