North American Refugee Health Conference


2020 NARHC

“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

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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Call for Abstracts is Now Open!

We are seeking 15 minute oral presentations and poster presentations as well as workshop submissions.  Deadline for submission is March 1st, 2020.  We also offer a Student Abstract Competition that guarantees publication and a cash award!

Learn more about abstracts and submit.

Learn more about our Student Abstract Competition.

Conference Information & Schedule

June 4-6, 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:

  • June 4th: 7am breakfast & registration, 8am first speaker. Ends at 5pm with light reception to follow
  • June 5th: 7am breakfast & registration, 8am first speaker. Ends at 5pm
  • June 6th: 7am breakfast & registration, 8am first speaker. Ends earlier at 3pm

Special Pre-Conference – June 3, 2020

There will be a special full day pre-conference on June 3rd:  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.

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.

Learn more about our invited speakers.

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; June 3rd 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 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!

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.

View our Exhibitor Prospectus and purchase a booth (booth location is assigned on a first come/first served basis).

View our Sponsorship Prospectus


NARHC 2018 at-a-glance








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