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Unfortunately, the Refugee Conference will be postponed until September 2020 - please revisit this site for updated date and location info.

Yale Refugee Health Conference

Physical and Mental Health of Refugees: Local Advocacy

Postponed until September 2020

This event is co-sponsored by the YSM Department of Internal Medicine; YSM Office of Global Health (Department of Internal Medicine); YSM Office of International Medical Student Education; YSM Department of Pediatrics; and the Macmillan Center Program on Refugees, Forced Displacement and Humanitarian Responses.

Please note our new location this year

The Anlyan Center for Medical Research (TAC)
300 Cedar Street
New Haven, CT 06520

5:00-8:30 pm

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Conference Organizers: Dr. Ani Annamalai, Dr. Camille Brown, Dr. Maya Prabhu, Dr. Tracy Rabin

Conference Objectives

Upon completion of this program, participants should be able to:

  • Describe the current state of local and national policies that affect refugee health
  • Identify and describe local advocacy initiatives led by refugees, clinicians and community members
  • Review clinical pearls ‚Äčrelevant to providing primary care for refugee adults and children (including psychiatric, obstetric, and gynecologic care)


Speakers will include:

  • Daniel Trust, CEO of Daniel Trust Foundation (Keynote Speaker)
  • Bryan Brown, MD, YSM Adult Refugee Clinic
  • Frances Cheng, MD, PhD, Yale Health Education and Literacy for Asylees and Refugees (Y-HEALAR)
  • Nan Du, MD, Yale Health Education and Literacy for Asylees and Refugees (Y-HEALAR)
  • Amelia Reese Masterson, MPH, CitySeed/Sanctuary Kitchen
  • Katherine McKenzie, MD, YSM Center for Asylum Medicine
  • Anna Panchesnikov, MD, YSM Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology & Reproductive Sciences
  • Maya Prabhu, MD, LLB, YSM Department of Psychiatry, Division of Law & Psychiatry
  • Julia Rosenberg, MD, YSM Department of Pediatrics/National Clinician Scholars Program

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

It is the policy of Yale University School of Medicine, through its Center for Continuing Medical Education, to ensure balance, independence, objectivity, and scientific rigor in all its educational programs. All faculty participating in this symposium are required to disclose to the program audience any relevant financial relationship(s) they (or spouse/partner) have with a commercial interest that benefits the individual in any financial amount that has occurred within the past 12 months and the opportunity to affect the content of CME about the products or services of the commercial interest. The Center for Continuing Medical Education will ensure that any conflicts of interest are resolved before the educational activity occurs.

2018 Conference 1

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.

2018 Conference 2
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
2018 Conference 3
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

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.

Michelle Silva

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

Yale Macmillan Center