North American Refugee Health Conference


“I look forward to this conference every year as the only time I can connect with colleagues from around the country to share ideas.” – 2018 NARHC attendee


Covid-19 and the Conference 

We appreciate that many of you are concerned about registering with the uncertainty of COVID-19. The Society has moved the conference to August in order to allow more cushion from the pandemic.  We will continue to plan for the conference while monitoring the situation closely.  Updates will be given to attendees at least every two weeks.  If a live conference is not possible, we are exploring how to do the conference virtually.

Please register if you want to attend NARHC, even if it is just a “pay later” option! Having an idea of numbers helps with our planning. If we must cancel due to COVID-19 we will fully refund all registrations.

Have questions about how the date change affects your registration, hotels etc.? See our FAQs About Rescheduled NARHC page.


About the Conference

The North American Refugee Health Conference is recognized as the preeminent conference destination for healthcare and resettlement professionals working with refugee populations.  This three day conference focuses on issues that are relevant to the emerging field of refugee healthcare.  ~700 attendees have the opportunity to learn about best practices, increase their levels of cultural competency, connect with like-minded professionals, reflect on the challenges and successes of the work they do, and develop a network of colleagues who are making a difference in their communities.  The conference takes place in June each year and alternates between the United States and Canada.

Society members get a $100 discount on NARHC registration: Join the Society

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See bios and information on our invited speakers.

See our complete schedule.

Conference Information & Schedule


August 16-18, 2020

Huntington Convention Center

300 Lakeside Ave E

Cleveland, OH 44113


*The full schedule will be available in May. For your travel planning here are the overall timings for the conference:

  • August 16th: 7am breakfast & registration, 8am first speaker. Ends at 5pm with light reception to follow
  • August 17th: 7am breakfast & registration, 8am first speaker. Ends at 5pm
  • August 18th: 7am breakfast & registration, 8am first speaker. Ends earlier at 3pm

Special Pre-Conference – August 15, 2020

There will be a special full day pre-conference on August 15th:  Forensic Evaluation of Asylum Seekers.  This full day of comprehensive training will be led by Dr. Katherine McKenzie, Director, Yale Center for Asylum Medicine, and will include a faculty of experts in the field.  There is no charge to attend the pre-conference, but you will need to sign up at the time you register.  Space is limited and attendee slots will be on a first come/first serve basis.

Learn more about the pre-conference.

 Educational Credit

The 2020 NARHC is approved for 17 hours of continuing medical education credit for multiple professions.

Learn more about educational credit.

Scholarships for Refugees

If you are a previously resettled refugee training or working in the medical field you can apply for a scholarship to attend the conference for free.  Scholarships are based on attendees donating to the scholarship fund at the time they register and the number of scholarships awarded depends on the amount of donations.

Learn more about refugee scholarships and apply.

Why should you donate? Read about the scholarship’s impact for one of our 2018 scholarship recipients. 

Registration Fees

Registration fees include admission to all three days; August 15th pre-conference (if chosen); conference materials; food, and entertainment.

$450 (USD) – General Registration

$350 (USD) – Students (Student registration applies to students, residents, fellows)

Society members get a $100 discount on the NARHC general and student registration

Registration is Now Open

Hotel Information

We have reserved rooms in two hotels at a special conference rate.  Rates are guaranteed through July 24th, 2020, but reservations are on a first come/first served basis and our experience in past NARHC’s is that rooms sell out well before that date.  Once you have registered, be sure to book your room immediately in order to take advantage of our discounted conference rate!

**If you had reserved a hotel room for the June dates: Unfortunately it was not possible to transfer June hotel registrations to the new August dates. Thus, all previous hotel registrations made through our conference hotel portal were cancelled and you will have to re-reserve your rooms**

Learn more about our conference hotels and book your room.

Exhibitor and Sponsorship Opportunities

The NARHC offers a unique opportunity to interface with hundreds of professionals, including medical providers, who spend the majority of their day caring for newly-arriving refugees in North America.  Attendees represent academia, government, public, private and non-profit organizations.  Through our exhibit hall and sponsorship opportunities we give your organization access to these attendees in order to promote your services and/or products.

Download our exhibitor prospectus (booth location is assigned on a first come/first served basis).

Download our sponsorship prospectus


NARHC 2018 at-a-glance








All presentations from the US conferences are available on the “member only” portion of our website.