Scientific Meeting Building Health Systems and Health Equity for Populations Affected by Migration

Meeting report is now available The Ottawa Process Report August 5 2016

Meeting Dates: May 16, 17, 2016, Ottawa, Ontario

Location: Bruyère Research Institute, University of Ottawa, Ottawa, Canada

The WHO Collaborating Centre on Technology Assessment and Health Equity at the University of Ottawa is please to host an International Scientific Meeting on:

Building Health Systems and Health Equity for Populations Affected by Migration

Special Keynote Guests:

  • Dr Elie Akl, American University of Beirut, Lebanon
  • Dr Claire Brindis, UCSF, United States
  • Teymur Noori, European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control, Sweden
  • Dr Davide Mosca, Director Health, International Organization of Migration

Meeting Partners: Immigration Refugees and Citizenship Canada, Public Health Agency of Canada, Statistics Canada, International Organization for Migration, Bruyère Research Institute, University of Ottawa

This scientific meeting will bring together leaders and innovators in the field of migrant health and provide face-to-face collaborative workshops to seek common ground on evidence, process and methods relevant for evidence informed decision-making.

The meeting will build on our recent Delphi Consensus aimed at advancing understanding of evidence and process to build policies and programs for persons affected by migration. We will use the small group workshops to examine how evidence based guidelines can be used in building health system and migration policy, such as the new ECDC evidence based guidance project for infectious diseases among migrants to the EU/EAA.

Thank you.


Kevin Pottie MD CCFP MClSc FCFP
Associate Professor, Departments of Family Medicine and Epidemiology and Community Medicine, Bruyère Research Institute, School of Epidemiology, Public Health and Preventive Medicine, University of Ottawa

Charles Hui MD, FRCPC
Associate Professor, Department of Pediatrics,
Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario, University of Ottawa.

Websites: Cochrane Equity Methods Group
Canadian Collaboration for Immigrant and Refugee Health

Partner Organizations

Logo: International Organization for Migration
Logo: uOttawa
Logo: Cochrane Methods Equity

Summer Institute on Refugee Health and NET

Date: May 31 – June 5, 2016, Reception House – 204 Boteler Street, Ottawa, Ontario


Call for Applications – Application Deadline: Monday, April 3rd 2016 at 11:59pm

The Catholic Centre for Immigrants and the University of Ottawa are proud to host the 2016 National Summer Institute in Refugee Health, presented by the WHO Collaborating Centre on Technology Assessment and Health Equity and the Canadian Collaboration for Immigrant and Refugee Health. This exciting one-week leadership program is designed for medical students and international medical graduates seeking valuable experience in cross cultural communication skills, PTSD and medical expertise, and leading community service learning programs.

Since 2004, physicians from the Department of Family Medicine and University of Ottawa medical students have played a key role in developing and delivering health advocacy for refugees arriving at the Maison Sophia Reception House in Ottawa. This transitional residential facility operated by the Catholic Centre for Immigrants has hosted thousands of refugee families that have arrived from Chad, Kenya, Sudan, Uganda, Iraq, Bhutan, the Thai/Myanmar border, and most recently, Syria. Infectious diseases, malnutrition, physical and/or emotional trauma are notably some of the health conditions experienced by refugees in their host country where they’ve had little to no access to health care. Upon arrival to Canada, refugees encounter barriers to health care due to poor health literacy skills, the need for translators, and poor understanding of the health care system. Thus, it is crucial that health care professionals and trainees are equipped with the cultural competence and understanding both necessary to address the complex health care needs of refugees.


  • Receive training from Toronto psychiatrist Dr. Morton Beiser, Ryerson University in Narrative Exposure Therapy (NET) an effective, low-intensity intervention for refugee children and youth affected by PTSD
  • Engage in leadership workshops: Dr. Kevin Pottie, Dr. Doug Gruner, Dr. David Ponka, and Heather Thomson, national and international experts in refugee health and MSF.
  • Learn excellent cultural competency and communication skills, increase your global understanding of current world issues, and gain leadership, health promotion and advocacy skills
  • Gain valuable tools to become leaders in refugee health by learning how to operate community service learning programs with refugees, as well as how to build new NET programs.

Partner Organizations

The CCIRH‘s Summer Institute gratefully acknowledges the support provided though partnership with the Canadian Medical Association, the Ontario College of Family Physicians, Médecins Sans Frontières Canada, Department of Family Medicine and the WHO Collaborating Centre at the Bruyère Research Institute, University of Ottawa.

Logo: Ontario College of Family Physicians
Logo: Doctors Without Borders
Logo: Bruyère

Past Supporters

The College of Family Physicians of Canada (CFPC) has also been an essential supporter of our 2015 Summer Institute.

Logo: The College of Family Physicians of Canada


Applications include a CV, as well as a one-page letter of intent describing why you wish to attend and how you would benefit from the Institute. Only 24 student leaders from across Canada will be selected to participate.

To apply, or to request more please contact : (Matt or Nora) or visit the Canadian Collaboration for Immigrant and Refugee Health (CCIRH).

Application Deadline: Monday, April 3rd 2016 at 11:59pm

Call for Applications