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RHI Celebrates a Successful First Year and Prepares for its Second

The Refugee Health Initiative’s first year has seen UBC medical students from the Vancouver-Fraser campus engage with recently arrived refugees across the Lower Mainland. In this time, and with the help of partner organizations and volunteer interpreters, we have worked with eighty-four refugees through our partnership program, involving over sixty visits in the community. These … Continue reading RHI Celebrates a Successful First Year and Prepares for its Second

Risk of Developing Diabetes Among Refugees and Immigrants: A Longitudinal Analysis.

A new study published by Berkowitz et al (2016) in the Journal of Community Health found that refugees and immigrants in the USA are at significantly higher risk for developing diabetes. Interestingly, this risk was lower among those with higher educational attainment, and as such, the study team has identified education-based lifestyle interventions as promising prevention strategies. … Continue reading Risk of Developing Diabetes Among Refugees and Immigrants: A Longitudinal Analysis.

RHI Team presents at the UBC Students in Health Annual Research Conference (SHARC)

This week, the RHI team had the pleasure of presenting the initiative to conference attendees at the Students in Health Annual Research Conference. Our current team members had the opportunity to discuss the RHI with interested students and faculty, and share stories about our experiences working with refugees over the past year. Thanks to everyone who … Continue reading RHI Team presents at the UBC Students in Health Annual Research Conference (SHARC)

Mental Health Commission of Canada calls for culturally tailored mental health services for immigrants and refugees.

“Canada must match its multicultural, open-door immigration policy with tailored mental health services or face inflated costs for crisis care down the road, warns a new report being released today.” http://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/immigrants-refugees-canada-mental-health-1.3808089 The full report can be found here: http://www.mentalhealthcommission.ca/sites/default/files/2016-10/case_for_diversity_oct_2016_eng.pdf The commission has also compiled a list of existing services from across Canada that effectively deliver … Continue reading Mental Health Commission of Canada calls for culturally tailored mental health services for immigrants and refugees.

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