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The 8th Annual WNY Refugee Health Summit: Moving Towards Whole Health for New American and Refugee Youth

A coalition of community leaders and researchers in Buffalo, NY invites you to the 8th Annual WNY Refugee Health Summit. To thrive as individuals and members of society, youth need to be viewed as whole beings by their families, communities, and institutions. To promote a whole-person approach for optimal youth development in Western New York, the 8th Annual WNY Refugee Health Summit highlights the spirit and adaptability of youth who arrived as refugees. The event will address challenges and responses to a variety of issues that youth face, including mental health challenges, cultural barriers between older and younger generations, difficulty navigating higher education, and accessing culturally appropriate care. 

Having fled war and persecution, Buffalo’s population of people that arrived as refugees are revitalizing and diversifying Buffalo, yet challenges remain for both Buffalo and its newest residents. In this context, youth face unique challenges as they navigate different cultures and environments, growing up in a different society from their parents. A whole-person approach to health for refugee youth addresses more than physical health, extending to mental health, education, employment, societal engagement, and more. A variety of programs exist in Buffalo to support refugee youth, which will be highlighted at the Summit. 

Co-produced by community and university partners, the summit creates a space for conversation among refugee communities, clinicians, resettlement agencies, community health workers, educators, researchers, students, and municipal leaders. 

Organizers include leaders from the refugee community, representatives from the Community for Global Health Equity, Food Systems Planning and Healthy Communities Lab, School of Architecture and Planning, the Office of Global Health Initiatives in the School of Public Health and Health Professions, the Human Rights Initiative at the Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, and the Immigrant and Refugee Research Institute at the School of Social Work. 

For more information or to be involved with planning, contact Alex Judelsohn at ajudelso@buffalo.edu

Sat., Sept. 10
9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. 

The Active Learning Center, The Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences

Co-sponsored by the OGHI and the Community for Global Health Equity (CGHE).

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