North American Refugee Health Conference

Faculty & Planning Committee

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What is NARHC?

Conference planning

The North American Refugee Health Conference (NARHC) is the largest medical conference dedicated to refugee, asylee and immigrant health. Each year, we have refugee health experts from across our network and local to the conference host city join our planning committee. They provide guidance to our conference efforts, help determine conference content and assist with abstract peer review. Faculty are invited keynote and plenary speakers.


Planning Committee

James Sutton PA-C, DFAAPA
Executive Director, Society of Refugee Healthcare Providers
Chair, North American Refugee Health Conference

Sarah Clarke MSPH
Coordinator, Society of Refugee Healthcare Providers
Coordinator, North American Refugee Health Conference
Technical Advisor – Health Promotion, International Rescue Committee

Nasreen Quadri MD
Allina Health, Med Peds Hospitalist
Adjunct Assistant Professor, Dept of Global Medicine, University of Minnesota
Collaborator, National Resource Center for Refugees Immigrants and Migrants

Hassan Vatanparast MD, PhD
College of Pharmacy and Nutrition
School of Public Health
University of Saskatchewan

Brittany DiVito MPH, MSN, FNP-BC
Family Nurse Practitioner
Arizona State University, College of Health Solutions
Valleywise Health, Family Medicine

Kate Conway MD, MPH
Assistant Professor
Director of Medical Education
Department of Family Medicine
Director of Global Health Scholars Program
Boonshoft School of Medicine, Wright State University

Sandra Hollingsworth
Ohio Refugee Health Coordinator

Cara Harasaki MD, MPH
Assistant Professor of Pediatrics
The Ohio State University College of Medicine

Priyanka Anand MD
Internal Medicine Resident
University of Washington School of Medicine

Aniyizhai Annamalai MBBS, MD
Associate Professor of Psychiatry
Affiliated Faculty, Yale Institute for Global Health
Director, Adult Refugee Clinic
Director, Wellness Center
Connecticut Mental Health Center

Peter J. Cronkright MD, FACP
Professor of Internal Medicine
Associate Professor of Family Medicine
Upstate Medical University
Syracuse, NY

Crista Johnson-Agbakwu MD, MSc, FACOG
Founding Director, Refugee Women’s Health Clinic, Valleywise Health
Clinical Research Affiliate, Southwest Interdisciplinary Research Center, Arizona State University
Director of the Office of Refugee Health, Arizona State University
Research Associate Professor, School of Social Work, Watts College of Public Service & Community Solutions, Arizona State University
Phoenix, AZ

Heval Kelli MD
Cardiologist, Northside Hospital Cardiovascular Institute
Atlanta, GA

Sarah Kimball MD
Co-Director, Immigrant & Refugee Health Center, Boston Medical Center
Assistant Professor of Medicine, Boston University School of Medicine
Boston, MA

Katherine C. McKenzie MD, FACP
Faculty Member, Yale School of Medicine
Founder and Director, Yale Center for Asylum Medicine
Expert Advisor, Physicians for Human Rights
New Haven, CT

Thu Quach PhD
President, Asian Health Services
Oakland, CA

Paul H. Wise MD, MPH
Richard E. Behrman Professor of Child Health and Society
Professor of Pediatrics and Health Policy
co-Director, Stanford Center for Prematurity Research
Core Faculty, Department of Health Policy
Senior Fellow, Freeman-Spogli Institute for International Studies, Stanford University
Special Expert, U.S. Federal Court
Stanford, CA

Nadia Hashimi
Member, US Afghan Women’s Council, Afghan American Foundation, Welcome.US
Potomac, MD

Aniyizhai Annamalai MBBS, MD
Associate Professor, Psychiatry & Internal Medicine, Yale School of Medicine
Director, Yale Refugee Clinic
New Haven, CT

Elizabeth (Beth) Dawson-Hahn MD, MPH
Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, Division of General Pediatrics at the University of Washington
Attending Physician, Harborview Medical Center
Principal Investigator, Seattle Children’s Research Institute
Medical Advisor, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Division of Global Migration and Quarantine, Immigrant, Refugee, Migrant Health Branch
Medical Advisor, UN – International Organization for Migration
External Faculty, National Resource, Center for Refugees, Immigrants and Migrants, University of Minnesota
Seattle, WA

Kristi Knuti Rodrigues MD, MPH
Associate Professor of Pediatrics, Denver Health Emergency Department and Urgent Care and University of Colorado School of Medicine
Medical Director, RIM Navigation Program
Denver, CO

Betsy Ruckard
RIM Services Coordinator, Denver Health
Denver, CO

Adrien Matadi LLB
RIM Navigator, Denver Health
Denver, CO

Kuang Oo BA
RIM Navigator, Denver Health
Denver, CO

Rasulo Rasulo MBA
RIM Navigator, Denver Health
Denver, CO


Learn more about our invited speakers.