“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
Please register if 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.
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
Call for Abstracts is Now Closed
Notification of abstract acceptance for the 2020 North American Refugee Health Conference will occur on or before April 1st, 2020.
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.
Our Invited Speakers
We have built an excellent mix of invited speakers. The program will include 6 keynotes and 9 plenaries. Additionally, there will be over 30 workshops, panel discussions and roundtables; 80 scientific presentations; and 130 poster presentations.
The 2020 NARHC is approved for 17 hours of continuing medical education credit for multiple professions.
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.
Why should you donate? Read about the scholarship’s impact for one of our 2018 scholarship recipients.
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
We have reserved rooms in two hotels at a special conference rate. Rates are guaranteed through May 13th, 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!
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.
View our Exhibitor Prospectus and purchase a booth (booth location is assigned on a first come/first served basis).
All presentations from the US conferences are available on the “member only” portion of our website.