An overview of the current Interim Federal Health Program (IFHP) in Canada


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October 5, 2017


This webinar offered an overview to service providers and policy makers of the current Interim Federal Health Program (IFHP), coverage offered to various refugee streams in Canada. Professor Y.Y. Brandon Chen and Ms. Siffan Rahman discussed in detail the beneficiaries and coverage, the recent changes to the program, registration and reimbursement process for service providers and ongoing challenges and gaps of the IFHP. They also discussed some key findings and recommendations from their respective studies on the current practices of the IFHP.


Y.Y. Brandon Chen is an Assistant Professor at the University of Ottawa’s Faculty of Law, Common Law Section. He holds Master of Social Work and Juris Doctor degrees from the University of Toronto, and is currently a Doctor of Juridical Science candidate at the same university. His research program focuses on the examination of health inequities facing marginalized populations, particularly noncitizens and racialized minorities. His published work has touched on such topics as health rights litigation, refugee health care, social determinants of health, and medical tourism. Between 2009 and 2011, Y.Y. was publicly appointed to the Ontario Advisory Committee on HIV/AIDS. He served as the Co-Chair of the Committee for Accessible AIDS Treatment from 2014 to 2016. He is currently a Board member of the Canadian Centre on Statelessness.

Siffan Rahman is a Program Manager at Somerset West Community Health Centre who oversees the activities of the Ottawa Newcomer Health Centre, which serves and advocates for immigrants and refugees in different capacities. She sits on the Ottawa Local Immigration Partnership’s Health and Wellbeing Sector Table and co-chairs a working group striving to increase access to mental health services for immigrants and refugees. Siffan is a member of the Board of Directors of the Canadian Association of Community Health Centres and co-chairs its Newcomer Health working group. She also sits on the advisory committee of Connecting Ottawa. Siffan has a B.Sc. in Psychology and is currently enrolled in the Masters of Health Administration program at University of Ottawa.

Note: Funding for the series was provided by the Public Health Agency of Canada. The opinions expressed are those of the speaker(s) and do not necessarily reflect the official views of the Public Health Agency of Canada or the host organization, National Collaborating Centre for Infectious Disease (NCCID).