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Feature: April/May 2019

The North American Refugee Health Conference (NARHC) is the largest refugee health conference of its kind globally and it offers access to recent research and best practices in refugee health. The 2019 conference will be held in Toronto from June 14-16. Themes for this year’s conference will include the Rohingya crisis, Trauma, and Resiliency. Refugee health professionals and experts from related disciplines interested in addressing challenges for optimal care, research and advocacy for the refugee patient population and self-care for healers are encouraged to attend. For more details and registration information please visit

Fasting Holiday: Consider Medical Implications for Some Patients

  • Ramadan: It is anticipated that Ramadan in 2019 will start Monday, May 6th and last until Tuesday, June 4th (note that in the Muslim calendar, a holiday begins on the sunset of the previous day, so observing Muslims will celebrate Ramadan beginning on the sunset of Sunday, May 5th). These dates are tentative as the actual dates are contingent on the sighting of the moon. Ramadan is the ninth month of the year in the Islamic calendar. During Ramadan, Muslims will abstain from food and drink from dawn to sunset. In northern locations like Seattle, the days this year will be long, between 14 and 16 hours. There can be medical and scheduling implications of fasting for some patients. Read more...

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Measles Outbreak

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A measles outbreak in Washington State has prompted a public health emergency in all counties of Washington State, where 40+ cases of measles have been confirmed (mostly unvaccinated children).  Most cases have been confined to the 2 counties, but the Washington State Department of Health recommends people to take precautions to help stop the spread of measles. 

Translated Materials - Measles

Below are a few resources for for health care providers and community health workers working with refugee/immigrant populations:

Vaccine Hesitancy Resources 

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Extreme Winter Weather Risks

Click here for links to translated and multimedia resources related to flooding, hypothermia, power outages and the risk and prevention of accidental carbon monoxide poisoning.

Migrant Children and Health

The Migrant Children and Health Campaign has created a video featuring leaders in immigrant and refugee health advocacy introducing the facts about migrant children health and the continued history of racial and ethnic disease scaremongering in the U.S. For more information about this Campaign and to view the video "Migrant Children and Health: Borders, Boundaries, and Bigotry" click here.

Torture Resources

Resources for clinicians and advocates around issues of torture, often related to warfare and political repression.  Includes information about Northwest Health and Human Rights (NWHHR) coalition serving refugees, asylum seekers, and immigrants in Washington State.  Visit Caring for Survivors of Torture page for additional information.