Past Events

A Challenge to Dignity Conference brought together refugee health professionals working to advance refugee health all over the globe with a wide range of forcibly displaced populations for two days of presentations. The conference promoted discussions on a variety of refugee and asylum seeker health factors. Speakers and participants, in person and virtually, had the opportunity to compare notes and ask questions after each presentation.



Session A) Physicians and Health Care Providers

Session B) Community and Collaboration

Session C) Health Status of Refugees and Asylum Seekers

Session D) Women, Families, and Reproductive Health

Session E) Trauma and Treatment

Individual Presentations

Understanding the Health of Asylum Seekers, Refugees, and Migrants Through the Lens of Student Interns at a Student-Run Free Clinic on the US-Mexico Border (Jose Burgos and Victoria Ojeda)

Pathways Towards Medical Licensure for Refugee and Asylee International Medical Graduates Living in the US (Lillian Walkover and Susan Bell)

An Ethnography of Care: Physicians and Asylum Seekers on the US-Mexico Border (Thomas CsordasBrenda Wilson, and Alexis Burnstan)

Global Health is also Investing in Political Change of the Systems that Drive the Harms we are made to Chase (Dona Murphey)

Models of Inclusive Programming: Resilience Humanitarianism, Social Entrepreneurship, and Social Justice (Catherine Panter-Brick)

New Horizons of Refugee Health and Wellbeing: Promoting Dignity Through Partnerhship and Social Inclusion (Charles Watters)

Affective Acts of Welcome: Volunteer Solidarians and US Asylum Seeker Resettlement (Kristin Yarris)

Refugee Collaboration and Self-Determination in San Diego (Christiane Assefa and Andrew Blank)

Prevalence of SARS-CoV-2 Antibodies in Migrant Populations in Tijuana (Ietza BojorquezJaime Sepulveda, and Steffanie Strathdee

Infectious and Chronic Illness among Refugees and Asylum Seekers (Christine Murto)

Asylum Seekers at the Southern Border: The Effects of Federal Policies on Physical and Mental Health (Linda Hill)

Nowhere Near Enough: Deadly Labor in a Congolese Refugee Camp (Emily Lynch)

America's Wars and Iraqis' Lives: Toxic Legacies, Reproductive Vulnerabilities, and Regimes of Exclusion in the United States (Marcia Inhorn)

Refugee Reproductive Health: A Comparative Ethnography of Syrians' Experiences at Sites of First-Asylum Resettlement (Morgen Chalmiers)

Arab Refugees Attitudes and Behaviors Toward Domestic Violence: A Legal and Public Health Challenge (Maysa Hamza and Patrick Marius Koga)

Family-Based Mental Health Promotion for Somali Bantu and Bhutanese Refugees Resettled in the US: Results of and Implementation/Effectiveness Randomized Controlled Trial (Theresa Betancourt)

The Use of Waiting as a Detterrent to Migration, and Its Effect on the Well-being of Asylum Seekers (Olga Odgers Ortiz and Olga Olivas Hernandez

Trauma Loops: US Immigration Detention and Reverse Causality in PTSD (Hans Reihling)

Refugees on the Move: Health Along the Migratory Route Between Syria and California (Tala Al-Rousan)