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Yale Refugee Health Conference

Physical & Mental Health of Refugees: Navigating Systems for Afghan Arrivals

March 17, 2022
6:00 pm - 7:45 pm ET (Webinar)

Learning objectives

  • Describe the current state of refugee resettlement locally and nationally
  • Review the challenges faced by recent Afghan arrivals, with a focus on the education and mental health systems
  • Describe the creation of a new clinic to meet the health needs of refugees/arrivals in Connecticut
  • Describe national-level capacity building innovations for meeting the needs of new arrivals

This year's speakers will include:

  • Julie Kornfeld, JD: Senior Staff Attorney, Legal Services Department, International Refugee Assistance Project
  • Stephen Poellot, JD: Legal Strategy Director, International Refugee Assistance Project
  • Michele Norwood, MS-TESOL: New Haven Public Schools
  • Kristin Bengtson Mendoza, MSEd: New Haven Public Schools
  • Ani Annamalai, MD: Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Medicine, Yale School of Medicine
  • Nika Zarazvand: Health Coordinator, Integrated Refugee & Immigrant Services
  • Rona Rohbar: Health Coordinator, Integrated Refugee & Immigrant Services
  • Kimberly Willett, APRN FNP-C: Primary Care Provider and CKP Fellow, Community Health Center
  • Katherine Yun, MD, MHS: Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania

Target Audience

Connecticut clinicians and clinicians-in-training who are interested in learning about the specific mental and physical health needs of refugees.

Disclosure Policy

This year’s conference will not be offering CME credit.

Yale Refugee Health Conference 2018: From left, Bryan Brown, MD, Resident, Yale Primary Care Internal Medicine Residency Program; Paul Bourdillon, BA, Medical Student, Yale School of Medicine; Jenny Ajl, BA, Student, Yale School of Nursing and Yale School of Public Health describing the Yale Adult Refugee Clinic Medical Student Navigator Program. Photo credit: K. Nemiah/FHCHC.

Yale Refugee Health Conference 2018: From left, Bayan Abunar, BS, Medical Student, University of Connecticut School of Medicine; Hugh Blumenfeld, MD, PhD, Assistant Professor of Family Medicine, University of Connecticut School of Medicine presenting on "Refugee Experience with Interpreter Services: A Study." Photo credit: K. Nemiah/FHCHC
Yale Refugee Health Conference 2018: From left, Laurel Shader, MD, Chair of Pediatrics, Fair Haven Community Health Care (FHCHC); Hyung Paek, MD, Pediatrics (FHCHC); Brian Padilla, PhD, Associate Director of Behavioral Health (FHCHC); Meredith Niess, MD, Internal Medicine (FHCHC) presenting on "Implementing a Refugee Clinic at Fair Haven Community Center." Photo credit: K. Nemiah/FHCHC.

Aniyizhai Annamalai, MD, Director of the Yale Adult Refugee Clinic and Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and of Medicine, speaks at the 2017 Refugee Conference at Yale on March 30, 2017.

Addressing the crowd at Refugee Conference 2017 on March 30, 2017, at Yale is Michelle Silva, PsyD, Assistant Professor of Psychiatry.