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Clinician wearing mask kneeling down next to mother and child sitting on the floor of a gym with personal belongings around them. Providing Health Care to Refugee, Immigrant and Migrant Populations | June 12-14, 2024


Hybrid. The course will be hybrid and live to both the in-person and online participants approximately from 8:00am-4:30pm (Montreal time) each day June 12-14, 2024. Live content will be recorded and accessible to participants until July 1, 2024. The primary teaching language of the course will be English.


This course will provide a comprehensive overview of the approach and management of priority health care issues faced by refugee, immigrant and migrant populations. It will cover the clinical issues and public health implications of key infectious and non-communicable diseases among these populations as well as the barriers and facilitators of accessing care. The importance of implementing culturally adapted care and insights and tools from programs in different regions that have successfully used this approach will be presented.


This program meets the accreditation criteria as defined by the Maintenance of Certification program of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada and has been accredited by the Office of Continuing Professional Development, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, McGill University for up to 19 Section 1 credits/hours.
Through an agreement between the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada and the American Medical Association, physicians may convert Royal College MOC credits to AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Information on the process to convert Royal College MOC credit to AMA credit can be found at

This one-credit-per-hour Group Learning program meets the certification criteria of the College of Family Physicians of Canada and has been certified by the Office of Continuing Professional Development, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences for up to 19 Mainpro+ credits.

Members of the American Academy of Family Physicians are eligible to receive up to 19 Prescribed credit hours for attendance at this meeting/event due to a reciprocal agreement with the College of Family Physicians of Canada.


Christina Greenaway, MD, MSc, FRCPC
Professor of Medicine, McGill University
Division of Infectious Diseases and Center for Clinical Epidemiology, SMBD-Jewish General Hospital, J.D. MacLean Centre for Tropical Diseases

Lavanya Narasiah, MD, MSc, CCFP
Medical Director - Refugee Health Clinic – Montérégie
Co-Medical Director - Tuberculosis ; Immigrant and Racialized Population Health - Montreal Public Health
Clinical teaching professor – Faculty of Family Medecine, McGill and Sherbrooke University

Sapha Barkati, MD, MSc, FRCPC, DTM&H, CTropMed
Educational Director, J.D. MacLean Centre for Tropical Diseases,
Divisions of Medical Microbiology & Infectious Diseases, McGill University Health Centre


  • Sapha Barkati, MD, MSc - Medical Microbiology & Infectious Diseases, McGill University Health Centre, McGill University
  • Anne Marie Bellemare, MSc - Social Worker, Maison Bleue, Montreal
  • Annalee Coakley, MD - Medical Director of the Calgary Refugee Health Program, University of Calgary
  • Gabriel Fabreau, MD - Refugee Health YYC, O’Brien Institute for Public Health, University of Calgary
  • Christina Greenaway, MD, MSc - Infectious Diseases, Jewish General Hospital, Professor McGill University
  • Sarah Kimball, MD - Director of the Immigrant & Refugee Health Center (IRHC) at Boston Medical Center
  • Ling Kong, MD - Infectious Diseases, Jewish General Hospital, McGill University
  • Rachel Kronik, MD - Psychiatrist, Division of Social and Transcultural Psychiatry of McGill University
  • Patricia Li, MD - Pediatrician, McGill University Health Center
  • Rogelio Lopez-Velez, MD, PhD - Director of the Center for the Study of Tropical Diseases and Clinical Parasitology, Ramón y Cajal Hospital, Madrid
  • Lavanya Narasiah, MD, MSc - Medical Director, Refugee Health Clinic, Montérégie, Montreal Public Health
  • Darya Naumova, MD - Department of Psychiatry, McGill University
  • Kevin Pottie, MD - Professor, Department of Family Medicine, University of Western Ontario
  • Meb Rashid, MD - Medical Director Crossroads Clinic, Women’s College Hospital, Toronto
  • Kevin Schwartzman, MD, MPH - Respiratory Division, McGill University Health Center
  • Santino Serveroni, MD - Director of the Health and Migration Program, World Health Organization
  • Hannah Shenker, MD - Family Medicine, Mother and Child Healthcare, McGill University
  • William Stauffer, MD - Professor of Medicine and Pediatrics, Infectious Diseases, University of Minnesota
  • Patrica Walker, MD - Professor of Medicine, University of Minnesota
  • Brian Ward, MD - Senior Scientist, McGill University Health Center Research Institute
  • Gerasimos Zaharatos, MD - Infectious Diseases, Jewish General Hospital, McGill University


Global Migration is increasing, and providing culturally adapted health care is a challenge facing clinicians, public health and policy makers on all continents. This course will provide an overview of the important health conditions to consider, management issues, and practical approaches and tools. It will include the underpinning social determinants of health and the importance of a multi-disciplinary multi-sectoral approach.

The content of the lectures will focus on the unique epidemiology and clinical aspects, public health implications and best practice approaches for diverse refugee, immigrant and migrant populations. The following topics will be covered:

  1. Migration flows and determinants of migration
  2. Approach to and management of key infectious diseases including tuberculosis, viral hepatitis, HIV, parasitic infections
  3. Vaccination and vaccine hesitancy
  4. Management of key non-communicable diseases such as diabetes, cardiac disease, cancer, cancer screening and mental health issues.
  5. Pediatric health issues
  6. Women’s health issues
  7. Health care access barriers and facilitators
  8. Working with interpreters and providing culturally competent care
  9. Examples of programs in Canada, the US and Europe that provide linguistically and culturally adapted care for migrant populations

The course curriculum will include didactic expert lectures, clinical vignettes to highlight key issues, as well as panel discussions and question periods following each half day to encourage lively discussions and active engagement.


At the conclusion of this course, participants will be able to:

  1. Recognize the priority health needs of diverse refugee, immigrant and migrant (RIM) populations.
  2. Explain the social determinants of health of RIM populations, how they may lead to difficulties accessing health care, and the importance of providing care with a multi-disciplinary and multi-sectoral approach.
  3. Implement best practice approaches and specific tools when delivering care to promote the health of RIM populations.


  • Clinical trainees and students
  • Clinicians—both primary care and specialists
  • Public health practitioners
  • Policy makers


Limited to 100 online participants and 100 in-person participants.

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