OCON: Arriving, Surviving, and Thriving: Journey from New to Neighbor

Mequon, WI US
December 13, 2018 to December 14, 2018

Motivated by the desire to attain improved effective care for and response to complex refugee/immigrant wellness needs, we propose to hold this conference. It 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 USA. 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, etc.

Target Audience

  • Medical Doctors [primary care – pediatrics/family medicine/internal medicine/OB/GYN, emergency medicine]
  • Pharmacists
  • Physician Assistants
  • Nurses
  • Psychologists
  •  Psychiatrists
  • Social Workers
  • Case Managers
  • Faith leaders
  • School teachers
  • Community Health Workers
  • Public Health
  • Undergraduate, graduate, and medical students in the above mentioned fields

Learning Objectives

  1. (Affective Domain) Describe how to adapt my practice to better serve refugee and/or new immigrant populations for a local and global connection
  2. (Affective Domain) List the important considerations for assisting newcomers to arrive, survive, and thrive
  3. (Cognitive Domain) Describe our contributions and lessons learned for a global discussion on refugee resettlement
Additional information
Preliminary Conference Program 1.04 MB

CME Coordinator Contact Information

Tifany Frazer
Phone Number: 
+1 (414) 550-6174
Course summary
Available credit: 
  • 11.25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™
    AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™
  • 11.25 Hours of Participation
    Hours of Participation credit.
Course opens: 
Course expires: 
Event starts: 
12/13/2018 - 8:00am
Event ends: 
12/14/2018 - 4:30pm

Please see the full program in the file attachment section

Concordia University Wisconsin
12800 N Lake Shore Drive
Mequon, WI 53097
United States
+1 (262) 243-5700

Concordia University Wisconsin is a private liberal arts college located in Mequon, Wisconsin. The school is an affiliate of the nine-member Concordia University System operated by the Lutheran Church–Missouri Synod.


With Lake Michigan to the east and Milwaukee a few minutes to the south, there are a lot of easy ways to get to Concordia. You can always use Google Maps to get custom directions, but here are a few options we recommend. Take Interstate 94 to Milwaukee, then Interstate 43 north to Concordia, exit 85.

Course Director: James Sanders, MD, MPH

Keynote Speakers:
Karambu Ringera, PhD
Richard Mollica, MD
Barbara Day
Sebastian Ssempijja, PhD

OCON Faculty:

James D. Sanders, MD, MPH

Sebastian Ssempijja, MS, PhD

Michael Oldani, MS, PhD

Tomi Vandergriff

Lisa Edwards, PhD

Jacki Black, MAEd

Rachel Buff, PhD

Margarita Garcia-Rojas

Paul Newcomb

Erin Wissler

Diane Flanagan, RDH

Michele Cohen, PhD

Chia Vang, PhD

Miela Fetaw, BA

Margarita Garcia-Rojas

Kat Sinclair, Deportation Defense

Mayhoua Moua

Bev Zabler, PhD, RN


Mai Zong Vue

Frederick Coleman

Deborah Davis

Dr. Julie Parve, DNP, MSN

Bojana Zoric Martinez, MSM

Sean Kiebzak

Elodie Ontala

Michael Schlappi, PhD

Officer Jared Prado

Officer Valerie Zoric

Kai Gardner-Mishlove


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

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 11.25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™. 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 11.25 hours of participation for continuing education for allied health professionals.

Available Credit

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

Accreditation Period

Course opens: 
Course expires: 


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The cost for continuing education credit for physicians (AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™) is $25.00 plus a $2.50 handling fee.

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It is important to note: course registration should be completed at the website listed below:

Registration is open now through December 10 via http://ocon.brownpapertickets.com

Please contact Tifany Frazer via email or by phone at 414-550-6174 if you have questions.