Our City of Nations: Building New Futures Together-Refugees, Newcomers & Immigrants: Enriching Our Communities 2017

Milwaukee, WI US
June 13, 2017 to June 14, 2017

Motivated by the desire to attain improved effective care for and response to complex refugee/immigrant wellness needs, this conference will mobilize and harness the diverse knowledge, capacities, and services of various stakeholders, interested to learn from and with those who interface with refugee and immigrant communities in the United States. The conference will provide a platform for improved skills attainment, sharing, and captivation of advanced research and practices within the prism of Human Wellness, being interchangeably influenced by local and global factors. Over 70,000 refugees have come to Wisconsin from all over the world. Over the years Wisconsin has welcomed many peoples from Southeast Asia, the former Soviet Union and the former Yugoslavia. The newest come from Somalia, former Burma (Karen, Chin and Rohyngia), Iraq, and Bhutan. Ninety-five percent (66,500) of all the refugees who have settled in Wisconsin have achieved economic self-sufficiency and are working and contributing to our communities. And almost all are now U.S. citizens [Wisconsin Department of Children and Families).

The task of helping refugees adjust to Wisconsin can be daunting: acquiring housing,coordinating health services, English language education, assisting with school enrollment, job placement, and much more. All the while noting that certain refugee groups disproportionately include underserved children and adults with mental health needs, chronic co-morbid conditions, psychosocial stressors, relocation, and resettlement needs. Regional health systems have also had to adapt to these new cultures as they assist the refugees and new immigrants with their primary health needs and, at times, more challenging health needs such as complex post-traumatic stress disorders, poorly controlled chronic medical problems, psychological adjustment needs, work and life stressors.

This conferenced is for educators, social service agencies, community-based organizations, faith based groups, medical professionals, and any community member who works with or has interest in supporting refugee and immigrant communities. All are welcome here.

ACCME Accreditation Statement:
The Medical College of Wisconsin is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

AMA Credit Designation Statement:
The Medical College of Wisconsin designates this live activity for a maximum of 12.25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Hours of Participation for Allied Health Care Professionals:
The Medical College of Wisconsin designates this activity for up to 12.25 hours of participation for continuing education for allied health professionals.

Target Audience

Physicians & Allied Health Care Professionals$50.00 per day
Educators, Community-based Organizations, Faith Based Groups, All Other Community Members and Other Professionals$50.00 per day
VOLAG Staff$25.00 per day
Students$15.00 per day

An addtional fee will be assessed for participants who wish to earn continuing education credit (see fee structure below).

Please Note: A NON-REFUNDABLE $2.50 handling fee is assessed on all registrations.

Credit Card Payment Preferred. To pay by check or to request an invoice please contact Claire Reuning (creuning@mcw.edu or 414.955.5646) before registering.

Registration Deadline: June 6, 2017

Learning Objectives

  • Describe how to adapt my practice to better serve refugee and/or new immigrant populations
  • List the important considerations for addressing the top health concerns of Milwaukee's refugee and/or new immigrant population
  • List which local services medical, pharmacy, behavioral health, social workers, etc. provide refugee and/or new immigrant populations
Additional information

CME Coordinator Contact Information

Claire Reuning
Phone Number: 
+1 (414) 955-5646
Course summary
Available credit: 
  • 12.25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™
    AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™
  • 12.25 Hours of Participation
    Hours of Participation credit.
Course opens: 
Course expires: 
Event starts: 
06/13/2017 - 8:30am
Event ends: 
06/14/2017 - 4:00pm
UW Milwaukee's Zelazo Center
2419 E Kenwood Blvd
Milwaukee, WI 53211
United States

James Sanders, MD, MPH - Planning Committee
Sebastian Ssempijja, PhD - Planning Committee
Jeana Holt, DNP, RN, FNP-BC, APNP - Planning Committee
Kajua B. Lor, PharmD, BCACP - Planning Committee
Michael Toppe, PAC - Planning Committee
Teresa Johnson, PhD, RN - Planning Committee
Melinda Kavanaugh, PhD, MSW, LCSW - Planning Committee

Keynote Speakers
Galya Ruffer, JD, PhD
Edward Ehlinger, MD, MSPH
Melanie Greenberg

All persons in control of content have NO relevant financial relationships to disclose.

Available Credit

  • 12.25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™
    AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™
  • 12.25 Hours of Participation
    Hours of Participation credit.

Accreditation Period

Course opens: 
Course expires: 


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