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

Annalee Coakley MD, CCFP, DTM&H
Chair, North American Refugee Health Conference
Co-Director, Refugee Health YYC
O’Brien Institute for Public Health
University of Calgary | Cumming School of Medicine

Sarah K. Clarke MSPH
Executive Director, Society of Refugee Healthcare Providers

Nasreen Quadri MD
Local Co-Chair, North American Refugee Health Conference
Allina Health, Med Peds Hospitalist
Adjunct Assistant Professor, Dept of Global Medicine, University of Minnesota
Collaborator, National Resource Center for Refugees Immigrants and Migrants

William Stauffer MD, MSPH, FASTMH
Honorary Chair, North American Refugee Health Conference
Professor of Medicine
Executive Site Director of the AMPATH Consortium
Stephanie & Craig Brater Professor
Indiana University Center of Global Health
Department of Medicine, Division of Infectious Diseases
Indiana University School of Medicine
University of Minnesota
Center for Global Health and Social Responsibility
National Resource Center for Refugees, Immigrants and Migrants

Patricia Walker MD
Honorary Chair, North American Refugee Health Conference

Noor Almusawhi

Marc Altshuler MD

Aniyizhai Annamalai MBBS, MD
Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Internal Medicine
Yale School of Medicine, New Haven, CT

Neil Arya MD CCFP FCFP D Litt
Fellow Balsillie School for International Affairs; Assistant Clinical Professor Family Medicine (part-time) McMaster University, Adjunct Professor School of Public Health Sciences University of Waterloo; Founding Director Kitchener-Waterloo Centre for Family Medicine Refugee Health Clinic

Alison Beckman MSW, LISCW

Julia Bietz MPH

Maggie Brewinski Isaacs MD, MPH
CAPT, U.S. Public Health Service
Director, Division of Refugee Health | Office of Refugee Resettlement
Administration for Children and Families | U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

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

Brittany DiVito MPH, MSN, FNP-BC
Family Nurse Practitioner
Director & Clinical Assistant Professor, Edson College of Nursing and Health Innovation, Arizona State University

Leyla Dursunova

Gabriel Fabreau MD, MPH, FRCPC
Assistant Professor
General Internal Medicine
O’Brien Institute for Public Health
Departments of Medicine and Community Health Sciences
University of Calgary | Cumming School of Medicine

Paul L. Geltman MD, MPH
Chief of Medicine, Pappas Rehabilitation Hospital for Children, Massachusetts Department of Public Health
Associate Professor of Pediatrics, Boston University Chobanian and Avedisian School of Medicine
Associate Professor of Health Policy and Health Services Research, Boston University Henry M. Goldman School of Dental Medicine

Jessie Griggs MA
Health Education Specialist
Society of Refugee Healthcare Providers

Sarah J. Hoffman PhD, MPH, RN, SANE-A
Associate Professor
University of Minnesota School of Nursing

Tim Holland MD, MA, CCFP(EM)
Head, Department of Bioethics, Dalhousie University
Medical Lead, Newcomer Health Clinic, Nova Scotia

Fatima Karaki MD
Director, Refugee and Asylum seeker Health Initiative

Gayathri Kumar MD

Blain Mamo MPH
State Refugee Health Coordinator
Refugee Health Program
Minnesota Department of Health

Harith Mayali MD, MPH
National Medical Movement Operations Officer
International Organization for Migration (IOM)
Washington DC, USA

Miguel Ruiz MD
Bloomington, MN

Rachel Talavlikar MD CCFP cTropMed
Clinical Assistant Professor- University of Calgary Department of Family Medicine
Physician Lead – Mosaic Refugee Health Clinic
Co-chair – SRHP Research, Ethics and Evaluation Committee
Co-facilitator – Canadian Refugee Health Network

Danushka Wanduragala, MPH (he, his)
Unit Supervisor | Infectious Disease Equity and Engagement (IDEE) Unit
International Health Coordinator | Refugee and International Health Program
Infectious Disease, Epidemiology, Prevention and Control (IDEPC) Division
Minnesota Department of Health

Leena Zahra
International Non-Profit and Humanitarian Specialist


We’re currently working on the list of invited speakers. Updates coming early 2024.



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