Nov 21 2014

Non-Communicable Diseases and Refugee Health: Adapting Refugee Health Services for 21st Century Health Challenges

Mailman School of Public Health, Columbia University
Past Event

Overview

As a follow-up event to the very successful June 2014 Responding to Humanitarian Emergencies: New Imperatives, this seminar featured Paul Spiegel MD, MPH, Deputy Director, Division Support and Management of UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), who provided updates on the Syrian crisis and its effects on refugee health specifically related to NCDs; refugee access and utilization of NCD-related health services as provided by UNHCR and partners; and lessons learned and recommendations to enhance health delivery.  Moderated by Dr. El-Sadr, the discussant panel included Mailman School faculty discussants - Alastair Ager PhD, Program on Forced Migration and Veronique Bortolotti, MD, ICAP at Columbia -- who joined with Dr. Spiegel to reflect on their own research in psycho-social care; HIV care and treatment; roles and responsibilities of relief workers; among others. 

Speakers

  • Wafaa El-Sadr MD, MPH, MPA (Moderator): Co-Director, GHI-CGPI Seminar Series; University Professor and Professor of Epidemiology and Medicine, Mailman School of Public Health, College of Physicians and Surgeons, Columbia University; Director, ICAP and Director, GHI, Columbia University
  • Paul Spiegel MD, MPH, Deputy Director, Division Support and Management of UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR)
  • Alastair Ager PhD, Program on Forced Migration, Mailman School of Public Health, Columbia University; Professor and Director, Doctorate of Public Health (DrPH) in Leadership in Global Health and Humanitarian Systems, Department of Population and Family Health at the Columbia University Medical Center
  • Veronique Bortolotti, MD, MSc, Deputy Director of Clinical & Training Unit, ICAP, Mailman School of Public Health, Columbia University