Dr. Rashid has the privilege of spending the last fifteen years of his career working with newly arrived refugees in Canada. He is the medical director of the Crossroads Clinic, a medical clinic housed in Women’s College Hospital that serves refugees arriving in Toronto. He also co-founded the Canadian Doctors for Refugee Care, an organization advocating for refugees to access health insurance. He was on the steering committee of the CCIRH, a group that developed evidence based guidelines for the assessment of newly arrived immigrants and refugees and is a co-founder of the Christie Refugee Health Clinic, a health clinic located in a refugee shelter.
In 2016 he was presented with the Presidential Award by the Ontario Medical Association (OMA). This award is given annually to a member of the OMA in recognition of their exceptional and long-lasting humanitarian service. He has written and lectured extensively about the health of refugee populations and has a particular interest in health equity and access to health care.
Dr. Rashid is also an Assistant Professor with the Department of Family and Community Medicine at U. of T.
Maintaining the Best of Both Worlds: Optimizing the Health of Newly Arrived Refugees
Over 50,000 refugees and refugee claimants arrived in Canada in 2017. Many originate from areas of the world where the prevalence of diseases are different from the Canadian context. Some have never had access to primary care. Most have endured horrific trauma. Although many refugees require support on arrival, most eventually thrive and become productive members of Canadian society.
Dr. Rashid will outline the current demographics of refugee migration globally and within the Canadian context. He will describe the health challenges that confront this population and the role of health care workers in maintaining the health of refugee populations.
This event is part of the Spring 2019 Speaker series. Register for the Spring 2019 Event Series.