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Northwest Regional Conference on African Immigrant Health

Main page for information about the Northwest Regional African Immigrant Health Conference (NWRCAIH), March 19-10, 2016 in Seattle at UW's Alder Hall.

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Over the past two decades, the Pacific Northwest has welcomed a large number of immigrants and refugees from Africa, and many call Idaho, Oregon and Washington home. Many trends and patterns have been identified as it relates to the health outcomes of members of these African immigrant communities, and there is evidence that there are many barriers and disparities in access to medical and behavioral health care, healthy food and healthy environments, and effective communication between providers and patients.

The Northwest Regional Conference on African Immigrant Health: Addressing the Social Determinants of African Immigrant Health will highlight core competencies in service delivery as well as promote best practices that can build on the African immigrant communities’ strengths. This conference will offer educational and training opportunities for public health professionals, doctors, nurses, mental health professionals, community members, community health workers, students, civic leaders and researchers.

Now available:  Conference Agenda and Conference Program
New FREE Offering: Community Health Worker Training 

Conference presentations will highlight such topic areas as: behavioral health, children’s health, chronic disease prevention, community health worker workforce development, cultural competency, domestic abuse, environmental health, female genital cutting, infectious disease, nutrition, sickle cell disease, women’s health, vaccine-preventable diseases, workforce development, research in African immigrant communities, and traditional medicine usage in African immigrant communities.

View/print Conference Agenda-at-a-Glance  (PDF) and Conference Program
Includes topics, breakout sessions, presenters and room information.  
NOTE: Lunch will be provided both days.  Breakfast and dinner will not be provided. 

View/print Conference Flyer (PDF)

View/print Corporate Sponsorship Letter (PDF)

View/print Hotel Information (PDF)

Parking at Alder Commons / University of Washington: There are a couple of parking lots near Alder, the closest being W10, W12, and the Central Parking Garage. The UW campus map is a handy tool for finding available lots. Generally, parking in UW lots is $5 prior to noon on Saturdays and is free on Sundays. Permits can be purchased at any gatehouse. More information regarding parking can found on the UW Transportation Services website.

Call for Abstracts

Information about preparing and submitting proposed presentation abstracts for the NWCAIH.

The Northwest Regional Conference on African Immigrant Health Call for Abstracts is closed.

Conference Registration

Click here to Register for the Conference 

Conference Registration Fees for two-day admission:

General Admission  $200
Community Health Workers  $125 (with organizational identification/verification)
Students  $60 (with valid student identification) 
Scholarships  A limited number of need-based scholarships may be available.

  • Want to know if you are already registered? Click here...
  • For support with payment processing and the online registration system, please call: 888-674-8048 ext 2 
  • For questions about the conference event (or for support with conference registration and payment processing if not able to reach someone via the number above) please contact: Wendy Stevens at (360) 688-9106 or
  • For general information, please contact: Gary Gant at (206) 615-2318 or

Hosted by: 

US Department of Health & Human Services, Health Resources and Services Administration, Office of Regional Operations, Region X 

US Department of Health & Human Services, Office of Minority Health, Region X

EthnoMed, a joint program of Harborview Medical Center and the University of Washington Health Sciences Library 

US Department of Health & Human Services, The Administration for Children & Families, Region X

Conference Sponsors

We thank the following organizations and companies for their generosity in supporting this conference.




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