Refugee Health Care Access

Event Date: 
Friday, March 11, 2016 - 13:30 to 16:00

With an expanding refugee population, now is the time to take charge on refugees' access to health care in Canada. Join us with a panel discussion from experts in the field as well as stories from those changing the political landscape.

This panel event will feature four speakers, Meagan Johnston, Dr. Paul Caulford, Sumathy Rahunathan and Polina Rakina, all from different backgrounds who are current experts working in the refugee-health field. Meagan Johnston is a Staff Lawyer with The Health and Aids Legal Clinic Ontario who deals with the socio-political aspects of refugee health care. Dr Paul Caulford who is the Co-Founder for The Canadian Centre for Refugee and Immigrant Health Care (CCRIHC) will discuss the medical, ethical, policy and political challenges of equitable access to medical and social determinants for refugees, immigrants, and others new citizens to Canada. Sumathy Rahunathan is a Research Epidemiologist with The Canadian Centre for Refugee and Immigrant Health Care (CCRIHC). She is very well versed in the logistical process of introducing the Canadian health care system to refugees as well as working with the Interim Federal Health Program on top of being a MSc Candidate at The University of Toronto. Our last speaker will be Polina Rakina, who is a Coordinator at the LGBTQ Refugee Programs with The 519 Community Centre. The event will be moderated by Benjamin Bongolan, Newcomer Coordinator at The 519 Community Centre, and Tim Salinas, University of Toronto Life Sciences undergraduate.

This free public event is presented by Sarah Chaffey and Vhil Castillejos, students in HST211H1 - Canadian Health Policy, which is part of the Health Studies Program at University College.  


Date: March 11, 2016
Time: 1:30pm - 4:00pm
Place: UC 179 at University College (15 King's College Circle, Toronto)