Refugees and Public Health

There is currently considerable focus on refugee settlement and public health. Canada is one of the leading welcoming countries for refugees from around the world. With the current influx of Syrian refugees to Canada, the National Collaborating Centre for Infectious Disease (NCCID) is embarking on new knowledge translation to bring current evidence and information to public health practitioners and policy makers.

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  • REPORT / Public Health Response and Health Status of Asylum Seekers: A Review of the International Literature and Implications for the Canadian Context

    Limited data are available on the health status, level of access, and barriers to access to health care of asylum seekers who have entered Canada recently. This population of asylum seekers is unique in that most have spent extended periods of time in the United States, and how they may have impacted the asylum seekers’ health status is largely unknown. Current gaps in knowledge regarding health status, access to health care, and barriers to access of asylum seekers in Canada were identified.
  • Quick Summary: Screening and Vaccination Guide for Refugee and Immigrant Health

    In 2011, the Canadian Medical Association Journal published detailed evidence-based clinical guidelines for immigrants and refugees as a gold standard for clinical and public health practitioners in Canada. NCCID has designed a summarized version as a quick review tool for clinicians. These guidelines, which can help public health stakeholders with planning and program development, provide information on comprehensive screening protocols, culturally appropriate services, and clinical recommendations for infectious diseases including vaccine-preventable illness.
  • Webinar | Data Management/Coordination and Refugee Health

    November 16, 2016 presentation about one Ontario city’s recent experience with data management/coordination. The City of Hamilton Public Health Services team was responsible for creating a strategy on the fly, working with several agencies to collect, collate and share such basic data as the names, ages, sex and location/address of refugees, but also vaccination status, health assessment status and dental screening results. Archived copies available upon request.
  • Webinar | Refugee Oral Health: Interim Federal Health Plan Coverage

    In this October 2016 presentation, our two presenters delved into refugee oral health, both in children and adults, with key findings from Manitoba and Saskatchewan.

EVENTS: Refugee Health

NCCID regularly hosts in-person gatherings and on-line events throughout the year, with archived versions of webcasts often available by request.

  • WEBINAR Mapping out the social determinants of health of refugee and migrant women in Canada: Applying an Intersectional Lens | Jan. 2019
  • WEBINAR Multi Drug Resistance in Refugee Population: Lessons to Learn from Europe | September 2018
  • WEBINAR An Overview of the Current Interim Federal Health Program (IFHP) in Canada | Oct. 2017
  • WEBINAR Building Bridges: Creating Sustainability in the Newcomer Health Clinic through Planned Transitions to Community Providers | Sept. 2017
  • WEBINAR Newcomers and Vaccine Decision-Making Practices: Lessons from the Prairies | Jan. 2017
  • WEBINAR Data Management / Coordination & Public Health: Experience of Hamilton Public Health | Nov. 2016
  • WEBINAR Refugee Oral Health: Interim Federal Health Plan (IFHP) Coverage | Oct. 2016

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