Refugee Health

A speaker addresses the annual WNY refugee health summit.

Attendees listen to a speaker at the 8th Annual Refugee Health Summit.

The Office of Global Health Initiatives (OGHI) and the Community for Global Health Equity (CGHE) host the Annual WNY Refugee Health Summit to unite refugees, resettlement representatives, community leaders, clinicians and scholars in pursuit of better health and wellbeing for new Americans.

About the Annual WNY Refugee Health Summit

The first Annual WNY Refugee Health Summit was hosted by the Office of Global Health Initiatives in 2014. Since its inception, the Summit has been a collaborative endeavor with the goals of improving access to culturally engaged healthcare, supporting healthy home environments, and addressing youth-specific health and wellness challenges among refugees and new Americans.

Community partners play an essential role in the Annual WNY Refugee Health Summit. Each event follows many months of listening, learning, and meeting with members of the refugee community, resettlement agency representatives, community leaders and others. The Community for Global Health Equity--comprised of faculty experts from across the university--initiate these conversations and take a leadership role in the summit. Additional information on past listening sessions, community partners, faculty research, and policy recommendations is available on CGHE's Annual Refugee Health Summit webpage.

About refugees: A refugee is someone who is forced to leave their home country due to violence, war, or social, racial, ethnic, religious or political persecution. Each year, refugees from Afghanistan, Burma, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Somalia, Syria, Ukraine, and many other countries make a new home in Western New York. Refugees in Buffalo have contributed to the city's population growth for the first time in decades, started businesses that positively impact the local economy and enhanced the cultural landscape of the region. 

Previous Refugee Health Summits

Community Partners

The Annual Western New York Refugee Health Summits would not be possible without support from our community partners.