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Mission & History


Our History

Our Mission

We are a non-profit organization dedicated to improving the healthcare of refugees and asylum seekers, as well as addressing equity in healthcare.

Our passionate members include medical providers, nurses, social workers, researchers, coordinators and many other professionals who spend much of their workday caring for newly-arriving refugees, asylum seekers and immigrants.

Our mission is to educate, coordinate, and provide a forum for communication by which members (and the general public) can become more informed about best practices in refugee and immigrant healthcare.





Our History

More About Us

Before the creation of the North American Refugee Health Conference (NARHC) and then subsequently the Society of Refugee Healthcare Providers, there was no US entity educating healthcare providers about how to deliver medical care for refugees. Literally! Thousands of physicians around the world delivering medical care for refugees every day and no mechanism to connect, share best practices, or receive educational information or training. It is the equivalent of being a practicing cardiologist but having no society of cardiologists, journal, conference, or other avenue to perfect your craft.

In 2010, the first US Refugee Health Conference was conducted and was a huge success. Coincidentally, that same year Canada hosted the first Canadian Refugee Health Conference at the University of Toronto. Following that first year, the US and Canada joined together to create NARHC which now alternates annually between the two countries. Attendees loved the conference so much that they asked for a forum to stay connected year round. So, the Society was born in 2015. Today we’re proud to welcome professionals from across the United States, Canada and elsewhere around the world to both NARHC and our Society.

Interested in joining the Society? Here’s more information about our membership benefits.

Become a Member

The Society of Refugee Healthcare Providers is a one-of-a-kind association dedicated to any (not just healthcare providers) professionals interested in refugee and immigrant health in North America and abroad. Become a member today to receive access to an influential network, educational opportunities and resources, and more.



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