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MIGRATION AND HEALTH IN THE TIME OF PANDEMIC:
RECOVERY AND SOCIAL HEALING

09:00 AM  – 11:00 AM  (US-CST)   

Opening Session

­Welcome and Opening Remarks
Ben G. Raimer, MD, MA, FAAP ǀ President, University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB), Texas, USA

­­Migration and Health in the Time of the Pandemic
Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee ǀ 18th District, Texas, USA

­­Recovery and Social healing
Carlos Van Der Laat, MD
ǀ Migrants Health Assistance Program Coordinator, International Organization for Migration (IOM), Geneva, Switzerland.
Vicki Gass
ǀ Independent Policy Consultant for Central America, Washington DC, USA.
Eugenio Villar Montesinos, MD, MSc
ǀ Professor of Public Health, Universidad Peruana Cayetano Heredia (UPCH), Lima, Perú

MIGRANTS' DETENTION AND FAMILY SEPARATION

11:00 AM  – 12:00 PM  (US-CST)

Panel Discussion (1)

Chair: Wei-Chen Lee, PhD ǀ Health Disparity analyst, Department of Internal Medicine, UTMB, TX, USA


­­New Demographic Distribution, New Approach
Wei-Chen Lee, PhD
ǀ Health Disparities Analyst, Department of Internal Medicine, UTMB, TX, USA
Hani Serag, MD, MPH
ǀ Assistant Professor, Department of Internal Medicine, UTMB, TX, USA

­Improving health outcomes for migrants persons: It is easier than you think!
Dawn McCarty, PhD, LMSW ǀ Professor and Director of the Bachelor of Social Work Program at the University of Houston-Downtown, TX, USA.

WORLDS APART

12:00 PM  – 01:00 PM  (US-CST)

Film Screening

­Chair: Ayman Youssef ǀ MD Candidate, UTMB, TX, USA


­Worlds Apart

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, USA

MIGRANTS' SITUATION IN EUROPE

01:00 PM  – 02:00 PM  (US-CST)

Panel Discussion (2)

­Chair: Ayman Youssef ǀ MD Candidate, UTMB, Texas, USA


­Migrants in Europe
Ana Vračar ǀ Program coordinator at the Organization for Workers' Initiative and Democratization (OWID), Zagreb, Croatia

­What will the Ukraine crisis add?
Sopiko Japaridze ǀ Co-founder. Solidarity Network Workers Center, Tbilisi, Georgia

USING COMMUNITY-LED PROJECTS TO REDUCE HEALTH INEQUITY AMONG MIGRANT SEAFOOD WORKERS

09:00 AM  – 10:30 AM  (US-CST)

Plenary Session (2)

Chair: Shannon Guillot-Wright ǀ Assistant Professor, Department of Family Medicine, UTMB, TX, USA


Julia Coburn ǀ Director, Health Initiatives / Directora, Iniciativas de Salud, Centro de los Derechos del Migrante, Inc., TX, USA

Ellie Cherryhomes ǀ Research translation coordinator, Department of Family Medicine and Center for Violence Prevention, UTMB, TX, USA

Celeste Monforton, DrPH, MPH ǀ Lecturer in Public Health, Texas State University, TX, USA

THE BORDER HEALTH

10:30 AM  – 12:00 PM  (US-CST)

Plenary Session (3)

Chair: Mayra E. Perez ǀ Assistant Director, Department of Legal Affairs, Office of International Affairs, UTMB, TX, USA


Rodrigo Juarez Jr. ǀ  Managing Attorney, Refugee Services of Texas- Austin Office, TX, USA

Saberes Curativos: Taking Care and Curing in the Mesoamerican Diaspora
Silvia Patricia Solís PhD
ǀ  Lecturer in Gender and Women's Studies and Environmental Studies, University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV), TX, USA

Alfonso Mercado, PhD ǀ Associate Professor, Department of Psychological Science, School of Medicine Psychiatry and Neurology Department (UTRGV) & President-Texas Psychological Association, TX, USA

COVID-19 VACCINE FOR MIGRANT POPULATIONS

12:00 PM  – 01:00 PM  (US-CST)

Panel Discussion (3)

Chair: BethAnne Moskov ǀ School of Public Health, University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth), TX, USA

COVID and Palestinian Refugees in the Middle East
Akihiro Seita, MD, MPH ǀ Director, Health Department, United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA), Amman, Jordan

Vaccine Inequity
Danya Qato, PharmD, MPH, PhD ǀ Assistant Professor & Graduate Program Director, Pharmaceutical Health Services Research, University of Maryland, Baltimore, Faculty Affiliate, Institute for Global Health, USA

DRIVERS OF MIGRATION: A PUBLIC HEALTH PERSPECTIVE

09:00 AM  – 10:30 AM  (US-CST)

Plenary Session (4)

Chair: Gordon Shen, PhD, SM ǀ Assistant Professor, UTHealth School of Public Health, Houston, TX, USA


Determinants of Health Determinants in the Country of Origin and Country of Destination: The Case of Venezuelan Migrants
Roman Rafael Vega, MD, PhD ǀ Retired tenured professor, Pontificia Universidad Javeriana (PUJ), Bogota, Colombia

Drivers and Impact of Migration of Health Personnel from the Philippines in the Time of the Pandemic
Delen Dela Paz, MD, PhD ǀ Professor of Public Health, University of Manila, Philippines

Migrant and Refugee Women: Gender as a Social Determinant
Muna Muhammad Odeh, PhD ǀ Associate Professor at the Department of Public Health, University of Brasília, Brazil

EVOLVING MEDICAL EDUCATION TO INCLUDE MIGRANT HEALTH CARE

10:30 AM  – 12:00 PM  (US-CST)

Plenary Session (5)

Co-Chairs: Jamie Piel ǀ MD Candidate, UTMB, Galveston, TX, USA


­Speakers:

  • Hannah Janeway, MD | Emergency Medicine physician & Co-founder/Co-director of Refugee Health Alliance.
  • Lynnea Morm, MD | family medicine physician & affiliated with the Refugee Health Alliance.

Panelists

  • Komal Nathani | Resident, Department of Pediatrics, UTMB, TX, USA
  • Viridiana Saenz | MD candidate, UTMB, TX, USA
  • Pooja Varmen | MD Candidate, Creighton University, NE, USA

STUDENT-LED CLINICAL SERVICES FOR MIGRANTS

12:00 PM  – 01:00 PM  (US-CST)

Poster Session (1)

Chair: Komal Nathani, MD ǀ Resident, Department of Pediatrics, UTMB, TX, USA


  1. ­­­Physicians for Human Rights Organization
  2. UTMB Asylum Clinic
  3. Establishing a Chronic Disease Self-Management Program at San Antonio Refugee Clinic
  4. Healthy Choices Team Year 3: Community Empowerment on Healthier Choices During an Ongoing Pandemic

Link to Abstracts: 2022 Conference Abstract.pdf

MIGRANTS' ACCESS TO HEALTH CARE

01:00 PM  – 02:00 PM  (US-CST)

Poster Session (2)

Chair: Laura Porterfield, MD ǀ Associate Professor, Department of Family Medicine, UTMB, Galveston, TX, USA


  1. ­­­Improving Dermatologic Care for Migrants
  2. "How Aare you"
  3. The Use of Professional Interpreter Services at a Pediatric Emergency Department in Switzerland
  4. Carlos' Journey: A Narrative on the Hardships and Determinants of Migration

Link to Abstract: 2022 Conference Abstract.pdf

HEALTH IN CONFLICT AREAS

09:00 AM  – 11:00 AM  (US-CST)

Plenary Session (6)

Chair: Nadia Hakim, MA, MS ǀ Deputy Director of Communication and Voter Outreach, Harris County Elections, TX, USA


The Healer as The Enemy: Attacking Health Care in War
Samer Jabbour, MD, MPH ǀ  Professor of Public Health Practice, American University of Beirut (AUB), Lebanon

The West Saharan Conflict
Raabub Mohamed Lamin Mehdi, MD ǀ  Internal Medicine Specialist and President of Dr. Beituha Association, Spain

Global Alliance on War, Conflict & Health
Amy Hagopian, PhD ǀ  Professor of Public Health, University of Washington, WA, USA

Relevant Resources/References: https://utmb.us/6kr & https://utmb.us/6ks & https://utmb.us/6ku

WORLDS APART

11:00 AM  – 12:00 PM  (US-CST)

Film Screening

You are invited to watch the full film (four immigrants' stories) of Dr. Maren Monsen's "Worlds Apart" in this hour. Enjoy!


  • Alicia Mercado, a Puerto Rican immigrant, has strong beliefs about using natural home remedies rather than prescription medications. Her diabetes, hypertension, asthma and depression have been aggravated by her recent eviction from her apartment of eighteen years, which has also disrupted the continuity of her care. Her son worries about the "assembly line" care he feels she is receiving. 13 minutes
  • Justine Chitsena needs surgery for a congenital heart defect, but her mother and grandmother, refugees from Laos, worry that the scar left by the operation will damage her in her next reincarnation. They want to seek advice from the local Buddhist temple. 11 minutes
  • Mohammad Kochi, a devout Muslim from Afghanistan, had surgery for stomach cancer, but is now refusing the chemotherapy recommended by his physician. His daughter thinks he may fear that the kind of chemotherapy offered will prevent him from observing daily prayer, and wonders if a professional translator might have avoided misunderstandings. 14 minutes
  • Robert Phillips, a health policy analyst who is African-American, believes he's likely to wait twice as long as a white patient for the kidney transplant he needs. He's looking for a new nephrologist — someone who will be more sensitive to his concerns. 10 minutes

More information on this film can be found here: https://icarusfilms.com/fn-wap

MIGRANTS' HEALTH OUTCOMES

12:00 PM  – 01:00 PM  (US-CST)

Poster Session (3)

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


  1. Lung Cancer Mortality in United States-Mexico Border and Non-Border Areas - 1999-2019
  2. Mental Health Determinants among Arab Newcomers in North America
  3. Parolee Health Access
  4. Identifying Top Health Priorities Among Afghan Refugees

Link to Abstracts: 2022 Conference Abstract.pdf

LIFE EXPERIENCE OF ASIAN AMERICANS: A TRANSNATIONAL PERSPECTIVE

01:00 PM  – 02:00 PM  (US-CST)

Panel Discussion (4)

­Chair: Victor Sierpina, MD ǀ Professor, Department of Family Medicine, UTMB, Galveston, TX, USA


Invited Keynote: History of Asian Americans in Houston
Anne Chao, PhD ǀ Adjunct Lecturer in the Humanities, School of Humanities Advisory Board Member, Rice University, Houston, TX, USA

Health Literacy, Health Belief, Healthcare Seeking Behaviors, and Health-Preventive Behaviors of Asian Americans during the COVID-19 Pandemic
Xiao (Lilac) Li, MHA, MBA ǀ  Doctoral Student, UTHealth in Houston, TX, USA

Link to Abstracts: 2022 Conference Abstract.pdf

Relevant Resources/References: https://utmb.us/6kt

LEGAL AND ADMINISTRATIVE PERSPECTIVES

09:00 AM  – 10:30 AM  (US-CST)

Plenary Session (8)

Chair: Fatma Marouf, JD, MPH ǀ Professor of Law and Director of the Immigrant Rights Clinic, Texas A&M University School of Law, TX, USA


Evolution of Refugee Law
Pierre Alsheikh, JD ǀ National University of Cordoba, Córdoba, Argentina

Moonlighting Behavior among Migrants: Determinants and Implication for Wellbeing in South Africa
Emmanuel Quarshie, PhD ǀ International Organization for Migration, Pretoria, South Africa

Link to Abstracts: 2022 Conference Abstract.pdf

TRAUMA-INFORMED CARE

10:30 AM  – 12:00 AM  (US-CST)

Plenary Session (9)

Chair: Jamie Pielǀ MD Candidate, UTMB, TX, USA


Culturally responsive and trauma-informed care of immigrant children and their families
Vivianne Aponte Rivera, MD | Child, and adolescent psychiatrist & Assistant Professor, Tulane University, New Orleans, LA, USA

Trauma-Informed Care from a legal perspective
Elizabeth 'Chiqui' Sanchez Kennedy, JD | Galveston Houston Immigrant Representation Project

What Next?

12:00 AM – 01:00 PM (US-CST)

Plenary Session (10): Closing Session

Chair: Lauren Sheer ǀ Vice President, Legislative Affairs, Office of Health Policy and Legislative Affairs, UTMB, Galveston, TX, USA 


Summary of recommendations:

Hani Serag, MD, MPH ǀ Assistant Professor, Department of Internal Medicine, UTMB, Galveston, TX, USA

Panelists:

Vicki Gass ǀ Independent 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 (UTHealth), Houston, TX, USA

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

Shannon Guillot-Wright, PhD ǀ Assistant Professor, Department of Family Medicine, UTMB, Galveston, TX, USA

Emmanuel Quarshie, PhD | Regional Data Analyst for the UN Migration Agency – the International Organization for Migration (IOM) in the Regional Office for Southern Africa

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