BIOL 6653: Refugee Health and Advocacy

Student Leaders: 
Kaelo Moahi, MD21; Prantai Panuganti, MD21; Adrian Chiem, MD21
Faculty Adviser: 
Carol Lewis, MD

The purpose of this course is to introduce principal themes of refugee health.  The first part of the course will progress chronologically, addressing the health concerns of internally displaced people and those settled in ‚Äútemporary‚Äù camps.  Sessions will then explore the process of refugee resettlement in the US, with focused attention on the legal, educational, and financial logistics of the eight-month resettlement phase.  We will then move on to explore health care in the context of US resettlement, starting with the immediate refugee health assessment and then delving into the persistent challenges of barriers to access, chronic medical issues (including diseases of mental health), and language gaps.  This chronology is covered in classroom sessions, most of which will host a guest speaker, and is bolstered by connecting students to community-based organizations and other opportunities to get involved with refugee health and advocacy in Providence, Rhode Island.