International Migration and Child Health: Progress and Priorities in Immigrant/Refugee Health

Date & Location
Friday, October 6, 2017, 4:00 PM - Saturday, October 7, 2017, 4:00 PM, Philadelphia, PA


International migration of people has accelerated in recent years, and societies continue to debate how to approach these constantly changing realities. Migrants face staggering obstacles throughout their journeys, many of which are related to health; immigrants and refugees in the United States face enormous barriers to accessing care.

Immigrant adults are less likely to have access to healthcare and other services, affecting them as well as their families. Immigrant and refugee children face unique challenges in receiving immunizations, attending school and obtaining timely access to medical care. Children in immigrant families now make up over 25 percent of the total under-18 population of the United States1. In order to provide quality care for children in this group, caregivers must understand their unique challenges.

The 2017 CHOP Global Health Conference will explore the state of immigrant and refugee health from a global, national and local perspective. Attendees will gain clinical, advocacy, public health and research tools to better serve these populations. Cases, discussions and stories will help us better understand the context of those who leave their homes seeking a better life and how we as healthcare professionals can optimally support them.

Further resources1

1 Migration Policy Institute, “Children in US Immigrant Families.” Accessed May 5, 2017.


Upon completion of this course, participants should be able to:

  1. Demonstrate enhanced understanding of the contexts and situations that often lead to migration
  2. Discuss the challenges that immigrants/refugees often face in accessing healthcare in their host countries
  3. Identify ways in which healthcare professionals can better serve immigrant and refugee populations
  4. Learn how to be an advocate for immigrant and refugee patients


Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

AMA Credit Designation Statement

Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia designates this live activity for a maximum of 11.75 AMA PRA Category 1 credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Nursing Accreditation Statement

This activity has been submitted to the PA State Nurses Association for approval to award contact hours. The PA Sate Nurses Association is accredited as an approver of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

Social Work Accreditation Statement

Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia is licensed by the Pennsylvania State Board of Social Workers, Marriage and Family Therapists and Professional Counselors to provide continuing education for social workers. Participants from other states should verify with their state if Pennsylvania accreditation credits will be accepted.