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09:00 AM  – 10:30 AM  (US-CST)   

Session 1

­Welcome and opening remarks
Ben G. Raimer, MD, MA, FAAP ǀ President ad interim, University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB), Texas, USA

­­The disproportionate impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on migrants
Carlos Van Der Laat, MD ǀ Migrants Health Assistance Programme Coordinator, International Organization for Migration (IOM), Switzerland

Health and migration within the context of COVID-19
James Fitzgerald, Pharma D, PhD, MPSI ǀ Director of the Department of Health Systems and Services, Pan American Health Organization / World Health Organization (PAHO/WHO), Washington DC, USA

­How to recover? The need for coordinated efforts – policymakers, academia, and activists
Vicki Gass ǀ Senior Policy Advisor for Central America, Oxfam America, Washington DC, USA


10:30 AM  – 12:00 PM  (US-CST)

Session 2

Chair: Gordon Shen, PhD, MS ǀ Assistant Professor, Department of Management, Policy, and Community Health, School of Public Health, University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UT Health)

Determinants of access to healthcare during the time of pandemic
Caroline Chang, MD, PhD ǀ Health Systems and Services Advisor, PAHO/WHO Country Office in Guatemala

­Migrant Women’s health programs during the time of the pandemic
Clyde Lanford (Lanny) Smith, MD, MPH, DTM&H ǀ Brigham and Women's Hospital, Boston, Massachusetts, USA

Switching to telepsychiatry evaluations for asylum seekers to enable continued service delivery during the pandemic
Karla Fredricks, MD, MPH ǀ Assistant Professor Pediatrics-Global Immigrant Health, Baylor College of Medicine & Director of the Program for Immigrant and Refugee Child Health (PIRCH), Texas Children’s Hospital/Baylor College of Medicine, TX, USA

Trends in health insurance coverage for immigrants in the United States by Hispanic ethnicity
James Stimpson, PhD ǀ Professor of Health Policy and Senior Associate Dean for Education at Drexel University’s Dornsife School of Public Health in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA


12:00 PM  – 01:00 PM  (US-CST)

Session 3

­Chair: Aisha Siddiqui, PhD ǀ Executive Director, Culture of Health – Advancing Together (CHAT), Texas, USA

­We are the future!  ---  Children presentations and panel discussion


09:00 AM  – 10:30 AM  (US-CST)

Session 4

Chair: BethAnne Moskov ǀ Senior Graduate Teaching Associate /Lecturer and Senior Global Health Advisor, School of Public Health, University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UT Health)

Migration, Health, and Climate Change
Marilyn Silvia Aparicio-Effen PhD, MD ǀ Unidad de Cambio Climático Ambiente y Salud, Instituto Boliviano de Biología de Altura, Facultad de Medicina, Universidad Mayor de San Andrés, Bolivia

­Assessing how immigration enforcement has caused immigrant communities to fear going to health facilities during the pandemic
Michele Heisler, MD, MPA ǀ Medical Director, Physicians for Human Rights (PHR) & Professor of Internal Medicine and Public Health, University of Michigan, Michigan, USA

­Conditions for vulnerability and further impact of the COVID-19 pandemic
Alberto Martinez Polis, MD, MA ǀ Integrated Health and Social Services University Network for West-Central Montreal, Montreal, Canada

Childbirth experiences of Arab immigrant and refugee women in Ontario: Exploring communication dynamics in healthcare provision
Aya Alsefaou, BSc ǀ  A Candidate of Master's degree in Global Health at McMaster University, Ontario, Canada


10:30 AM  – 12:00 PM  (US-CST)

Session 5

Chair: Vicki Gass ǀ Senior Policy Advisor for Central America, Oxfam America, Washington DC, USA

­Migrants and refugees in Europe: The Current situation and determinants
Apostolos Veizis, MD ǀ  Executive Director, INTERSOS Hellas, Thessaloniki, Greece

­Violence and migration: The case of Central America
Eduardo Espinoza, MD, MPH ǀ  Member of the Ibero-American Observatory of Public Policies and Health (OPPS) of the Center for Health Research and Development (CENSALUD) of the University of El Salvador

Determinants of migrants' access to healthcare
Andrew Bratsman ǀ Co-Chair, Immigrants and Refugees Committee, Doctors for Change, Houston, TX, USA

­Addressing social and health needs of migrants: The role of community-based organizations
Aisha Siddiqui, DrPH, MPH, MS ǀ  Founding Director, Culture of Health-Advancing Together (CHAT), Houston, TX, USA


12:00 PM  – 01:00 PM  (US-CST)

Session 6

Chair: Julie E. Kutac, MA, PhD ǀ Assistant Professor of Instruction, Physician Assistant Studies, School of Medicine, UTMB, Texas, USA

Worlds Apart: A Four-Part Series on Cross-Cultural Healthcare
Maren Monsen, MD ǀ  Affiliate Faculty, Dept of Bioethics and Humanities, University of Washington - Founding Director, Program in Bioethics and Film - Senior Research Scholar Emerita, Center for Biomedical Ethics, Stanford University School of Medicine


09:00 AM  – 10:30 AM  (US-CST)

Session 7

Chair: N. Miles Farr, MD, MPH ǀ  Assistant Provost for Community Engagement and Education & Assistant Professor, Department of Internal Medicine, UTMB

Syrian conflict and health
Samer Jabbour, MD, MPH ǀ Professor of Public Health Practice, Faculty of Health Sciences, AUB & Co-Chair of the Lancet-AUB Commission on Syria

Serving for the health of migrants under siege
Akihiro Seita, MD, MPH ǀ Director of Health Program, United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA)

Gender and migration in the Middle East and the extra burden of COVID-19 pandemic on women
Ghida Anani ǀ Executive Director, ABAAD - Resource Center for Gender Equality, Beirut, Lebanon.

Mental well-being and school attendance of Palestinian UNWRA students
Komal Nathani, MD ǀ Resident, Department of Pediatrics, UTMB, Galveston, TX, USA


10:30 AM  – 12:00 PM  (US-CST)

Session 8

Co-Chairs: Ayman Youssef & Jaysonn Vel ǀ MD-Candidates, UTMB

­The interplay of US Latin American interventionism, immigration policy, and border militarization: before and during the COVID crisis
Alexander Aviña, PhD ǀ  Associate Professor of History, School of Historical, Philosophical and Religious Studies & Honors Faculty, Affiliate Faculty, School of Transborder Studies, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ, USA

­­Indigenous erasure and violence: US policy and treatment of indigenous communities before and during the COVID-19 crisis
Bryan Parras ǀ  Campaign Coordinator, Sierra Club, Houston, TX, USA


12:00 PM  – 01:00 PM  (US-CST)

Session 9

Co-Chairs: Gabrielle Segal & Jaysonn Vel ǀ MD-Candidates, UTMB

­­­The US global policy: SARS-Cov-2 pandemic and the underlying politics that led to its rampant spread across the world
Henry Hakamäki ǀ Public Health and Science Communicator and Graduate Researcher in Immunobiology at the University of Bonn, Bonn, Germany


09:00 AM  – 10:30 AM  (US-CST)

Session 10

Chair: Fatma E. Marouf, JD, MPH ǀ Professor of Law & Director of Immigrant Rights Clinic, Texas A&M University School fo Law, Fort Worth, TX, USA

Providing expert declarations for immigrants in detention during the pandemic, including children and families
Ranit Mishori, MD, MHS ǀ  PHR Senior Medical Advisor - Professor of Family Medicine, Director of Global Health Initiatives and interim Chief Public Health Officer, Georgetown University, Washington, DC, USA

Child Soldiers: Victims of War
Garang Buk Buk. MDP ǀ  MPH-Class of 2021|Global Health, Rollins School of Public Health-Emory University, Atlanta, GA, USA

Examining the current access, use, and provision of physical and mental health services for unaccompanied immigrant minors in Houston, Texas: A qualitative study
Padma Swamy, MD ǀ  Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, TX, USA

Review of health disparities in Irregular Immigrants attending the emergency department with acute mental health presentations
Jacqueline EK, MD ǀ Dei Hospital, Department of Health, Malta

Tracing Asylum Seekers Experience and Trajectory

10:30 AM  – 12:00 PM  (US-CST)

Session 11

Chair: Thomas Csordas, PhD ǀ Distinguished Professor of Anthropology & Director of Global Health Program and Global Health Institute, University of California - San Diego (UCSD), California, USA

Alexis Burnstan ǀ Institute & Project Coordinator, Global Health Institute, UCSD, California, USA

Brenda K. Wilson, PhD ǀ  Postdoctoral Scholar and Lecturer, Global Health Institute, UCSD, California, USA

Benjamin (Ben) Merrill ǀ  PhD Student of Psychological & Medical Anthropology, UCSD, California, USA, whose work will be presented by Tom Csordas, PhD.

Francisca Rivera ǀ MA graduate student, UCSD Global Health, California, USA on behalf of Cristina Calderon, BA ǀ Research Data Analyst, University of California, San Francisco, California, USA


12:00 PM  – 01:00 PM  (US-CST)

Session 12

­Chair: Catherine D. Cooksley, DrPH, CPH ǀ Editor, Texas Public Health Journal

Residency Spanish track: A pilot project to improve the care of Spanish-speaking patients and to expand resident learning opportunities
Laura Porterfield, MD ǀ  Clinical Associate Professor, Department of Family Medicine, UTMB, TX, USA

Review of the impacts of detention on the mental health of migrant children
Brittany Miles ǀ  Medical student, UTMB, Galveston, TX, USA

­­Addressing mental health in underserved communities: overcoming barriers and training needs of community health workers and promotor/as during the covid-19 pandemic and beyond
Cristina Abraham, MSc  ǀ  University of Texas at San Antonio, TX, USA

­Screening for risks of diabetes among Central American migrants
Shreebha Kafle ǀ  Nurse Practitioner, UTMB Correctional Managed Care, TX, USA

­Border station medical unit deployment to improve health and mitigate public health threats for migrants presenting to the southwest border: Data during the COVID pandemic
Kevin Seaman, MD, FAEMS, Contractor, 4S - Silversword, LLC  ǀ  Customs and Border Protection, Washington, DC, USA

­Characteristics of undocumented patients receiving hemodialysis who are potential candidates for kidney transplantation
Amanda Lanier, BS ǀ  Medical student, McGovern Medical School, Houston, TX, USA

­Examining healthcare workers' perspectives & insights concerning the availability of medical equipment in three Ethiopian hospitals: A qualitative pilot study
Eyasu Kebede ǀ  Founder, Oasis Medical Relief, Las Vegas, NV, USA

­Immigrant mother's perspectives on health and barriers to accessing child primary care
Allison Olmsted, MPH ǀ  Baylor College of Medicine - Program for Immigrant and Refugee Child Health & The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston, TX, USA


01:00 PM  – 02:00 PM  (US-CST)

Session 13

­Chair: Denny Fe Agana, PhD, MPH, CPH ǀ Assistant Professor, Preventive Medicine & Population Health, UTMB, Galveston, TX, USA

­Undocumented immigrant health care access: An institutional assessment of physician knowledge
Padraic Stanley, MSW, LCSW ǀ  Rush University Medical Center, Chicago, IL, USA

­Health literacy assessment in refugees residing in San Antonio, Texas
Yun Shi, MD, PhD ǀ  University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, TX, USA

­Raising awareness in Kenya: Improving occupational performance in women with lymphedema
Abigail Lunzalu-Leslie, OTD ǀ  UTMB, Galveston, TX, USA

­U.S.-bound refugees and asylees often do not obtain adequate hepatitis B vaccinations overseas
Raymond Zhou, BS ǀ Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, Johns Creek, GA, USA on behalf of Manasa Bhatta, BS ǀ  Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, Johns Creek, GA, USA

­Provision of non-English language services in U.S. mental health facilities
Hieronimus Loho ǀ  Yale School of Medicine, New Haven, CT, USA

­Birthing experiences of Spanish speakers during the COVID-19 pandemic in NYC
Cibel Quinteros Baumgart, MD candidate ǀ  Columbia University, New York, NY, USA

­US asylum seekers: A literature review of sociodemographic, health profiles, and healthcare resource utilization
Yanina Guevara, BA ǀ MD-Candidate, Rosalind Franklin University at Chicago Medical School, Chicago, IL, USA
Mario R. Mendoza, MD, MS ǀ Founder of nonprofit,, Chigaco, IL, USA

­­The use of the "Healthy Immigrant Effect" (HIE) theory in immigrant mental health research: A need for a paradigm shift
Sarah Elshahat, MPH ǀ  McMaster University, Ontario, Canada


09:00 AM  – 10:30 AM  (US-CST)

Session 14

Chair: Marcelo Korc, PhD, MPH ǀ Unit Chief, Climate Change and Environmental Determinants of Health, Pan American Health Organization, World Health Organization (PAHO/WHO), Washington DC, USA

Managed Migration: The Caribbean Approach to Addressing Nursing Services Capacity
Oscar Noel Ocho, BScN, MPH, MPhil ǀ  Director/Senior Lecturer, University of the West Indies (UWI) School of Nursing, St. Augustine Campus, Trinidad and Tobago

Migrant healthcare workers on the frontline
Brian Reed, MD ǀ  Chair of the Clinical Sciences Department at the University of Houston College of Medicine, Houston, TX, USA

Migration of healthcare workers from the Philippines: determinants and impact especially during the time of COVID-19 pandemic
Joseph Carabeo ǀ  President, Paranaque Development Foundation, Inc., Philippines


10:30 AM – 12:00 PM (US-CST)

Session 15

Moderator: Hani Serag, MD, MPH ǀ Director of Programs, Center for Global and Community Health, UTMB, Galveston, TX, USA 


Vicki Gass ǀ Senior Policy Advisor for Central America, Oxfam America, Washington DC, USA

BethAnne Moskov ǀ Senior Graduate Teaching Associate / Lecturer & Senior Global health Advisor, School of Public Health, University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UT Health), Houston, TX, USA

Elmer Romero ǀ Board member - Popular Education Coordinator, National Day Laborer Organizing Network (NDLON), Houston, TX, USA

Matthew Dacso, MD ǀ Associate Professor, Department of Internal Medicine UTMB, Galveston, TX, US

Shannon Guillot-Wright, PhD ǀ Assistant Professor, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology & Director of Health Policy Research, Center for Violence Prevention, UTMB, Galveston, TX, USA

Ayman Youssef, BS ǀ MD-Candidate, UTMB, Galveston, TX, USA

Closing Remarks

­Ben G. Raimer, MD, MA, FAAP ǀ President ad interim, UTMB, TX, USA


12:00 PM – 01:00 PM (US-CST)

Session 16 ­

Chair: David Lopez, PhD ǀ Associate Professor, Department of Preventive Medicine and Population Health, UTMB, Galveston, TX, USA­

Developing and applying a scoping review protocol to examine immigrant and refugee integration interventions in the Midwestern United States
Leon Sun, BS ǀ University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA, USA (& Nicole Novak, Alyssa Clayden, Allison Meyer, Claudia Corwin)

Stress and sleep in Latino immigrant communities
Daniela P. Rojas, MD ǀ Family Medicine Residency Program, UTMB, Galveston, TX, USA

Girls' club for success: An adaptive social and emotional learning program for Houston's female immigrant and refugee youth
Fatema Shipchandler, MD-Candidate ǀ McGovern Medical School at the University of Texas Health Science Center, Houston, TX, USA

Visible minority women and their access to primary healthcare in Canada: A scoping review
Mitali Chaudhary, BSc ǀ MD-Candidate, Schulich School of Medicine and Dentistry, Western University, Ontario, Canada

Investigating nutritional intake amongst refugees in Coventry during the coronavirus pandemic
Jasmine Mensah, BSc (Hons), MSc ǀ  University of Warwick, Coventry, England

The impacts of global health crises on migrant communities: Mobility crisis and disempowerment
Hassan Afzal ǀ PhD-Candidate, Kent State University, Kent, OH, USA

­Mental health in Sub-Saharan African immigrant students: Exploring effects of stigma
Kiersten Millward, MPH ǀ West Chester University, Philadelphia, PA, USA

­Help-seeking behavior in Sub-Saharan African college students: Does degree status matter?
Mabintu Donzo, BSPH ǀ West Chester University, Philadelphia, PA, USA

Migrant Health Initiative at UTMB
Yara Samman, Basel Hamwi, Jasmine Chaij ǀ MS1, UTMB, Galveston, TX, USA


01:00 PM  – 02:00 PM  (US-CST)

Session 17

­Chair: Wei-Chen Lee, PhD ǀ Health Disparity Analyst, Center for Global and Community Health, UTMB, Galveston, TX, USA

­Creative arts enrichment for immigrant and refugee children: A collaboration with the Museum of Fine Arts Houston
Maggie Yip ǀ  University of Houston, Houston, TX, USA

­Enhancing health literacy among refugee and immigrant children
Simin Dokht Sadeghi ǀ  University of Houston College of Pharmacy, Houston, TX, USA

­Food insecurity & purchasing behaviors in a COVID-19 Era: A mixed methods approach
Dirk Wristers ǀ  UT Health San Antonio School of Medicine, San Antoio, TX, USA

­Computer literacy program
Ashley Cruz, BS ǀ  University of Houston, Houston, TX, USA

­Challenges of navigating the home and host cultures in immigrant populations
Favorite Iradukunda, PhD, RN ǀ  Assistant Professor, College of Nursing, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA, USA

­The limitations of virtual tutoring and schooling on students from refugee and immigrant families in Sharpstown, Texas: a case study
Roba Abousaway ǀ  University of Houston, Houston, TX, USA

Exploring acculturative stress in African immigrant students in the US: Implications for mental health care
Shannon Fyalkowski ǀ  MPH candidate, West Chester University, Philadelphia, PA, USA

Migrant Health Initiative Mobile Clinic
Basel Hamwi, Jasmine Chaij, Yara Samman ǀ MS1, UTMB, Galveston, TX, USA