Current Programs


Refugee Healthcare Program

The Refugee Healthcare Program facilitates the initial screening and subsequent entrance into primary care for all newly-arriving refugees. The program addresses the multiple barriers refugees face upon arrival in Rochester and helps patients navigate the healthcare system.

Primary Care Transitions Program

Through pilot funding received by the Greater Rochester Health Foundation we are launching new initiatives around orientation to the U.S. healthcare system in an effort to empower patients to better understand preventive care and how to manage chronic conditions. This program will investigate a model to assess health literacy levels in newly-arriving refugee patients and conduct interventions to help increase their understanding of the healthcare system.

North American Refugee Health Conference

The North American Refugee Health Conference takes place in June and is hosted alternately between Rochester Regional Health System and University of Toronto. This 3-day event is recognized as the only conference of its kind focused on refugee health issues. The conference consists of over 450 attendees from a wide range of disciplines including medical and mental health providers, social workers, resettlement agency case managers, public health departments, refugee health program coordinators, students, and volunteers who gather together to learn about innovative practices, to engage in meaningful dialogue, and to support one another in this challenging work. The North American Refugee Health Conference is recognized as the preeminent conference destination for professionals working with refugee populations. Rochester Regional Health’s Office of Community Medicine has begun organizing this exciting event that will take place in Niagara Falls, New York.  Join us June 12-14, 2016 as we highlight best practices in the field and discuss current refugee health issues.

Click here to find out more information or to register for the 2016 North American Refugee Health Conference.

To browse presentations from the 2014 conference click here.