Helping Canadian communities help Syrian refugees
The federal government has committed to bringing 25,000 Syrian refugees to Canada over the coming weeks and months. Many of these will be children and youth, who will have a range of physical, emotional and mental health needs.
Caring for Kids New to Canada is a comprehensive resource for people who work with immigrant and refugee children, youth and families. Developed by the Canadian Paediatric Society with input from a range of experts and organizations, the site has evidence-based information on medical conditions, mental health, child development, and much more. It also has a range of tools, checklists and links to local resources.
Among the many health issues covered on the site are:
- Medical assessment of immigrant and refugee children and Electronic checklists for medical assessment
- Adaptation and acculturation
- Post-traumatic stress disorder
- Symptoms, signs and clinical problems: A tool for differential diagnosis
- Oral health screening
- Immunizations: Bringing newcomer children up-to-date
- Post-Arrival Tuberculosis Assessment of Syrian Refugee Children (December 2015)
The site also features resources to help families navigate the health system, and to make connections with local agencies:
- FAQs about medication coverage for refugee claimants and Health insurance for immigrant and refugee families: Resources to help professionals educate newcomers about the Canadian health system.
- Using interpreters in health settings: Describes risks of using a patient’s family members or friends as interpreters, and cautions against the use of children and youth.
- Community resources serving newcomer families: Links to local organizations across Canada that provide a range of services to immigrants and refugees.
- Health information for parents: Links to organizations with health information on a range of topics, in many different languages, including Arabic.
Users can also access archived webinars and other presentations on various health topics.
Note to journalists: To speak with a physician who provides health care to immigrants and refugees, contact firstname.lastname@example.org, or call 613-526-9397, ext 247.
Canada Communicable Disease Report (CCDR): Volume 42-S2, March 17, 2016: Syrian refugees. Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC)
Caring for a newly-arrived Syrian refugee family, Pottie et al, January 2016, CMAJ
Population Profile: Syrian Refugees, Citizenship and Immigration Canada, November 2015
Syrian Refugee Early Assessment Considerations for Primary Care Providers, Ontario Ministry of Health and Long Term Care, January 2016
Last updated: March, 2016