A guide for health professionals working with
immigrant and refugee children and youth

Presentations, Publications and Webinars

Slide presentations

These slides summarize some important topics from Caring for Kids New to Canada. They are available for you to adapt and use in your own presentations about health care for immigrant and refugee children and youth. 

We ask that you please acknowledge Caring for Kids New to Canada (www.kidsnewtocanada.ca) when using these presentations.

Video presentation


Caring for Kids New to Canada: A primer on the medical assessment of infections and non-infectious diseases

Tony Barozzino, MD and Chuck Hui, MD
Recorded June 21, 2013 in Edmonton, Alta., during the CPS Annual Conference

Each year, an estimated 50,000 children and youth under 15 years of age immigrate to Canada. They are a distinct population with health needs that are different from Canadian-born children and youth. Dr. Barozzino and Dr. Hui, co-editors-in-chief of Caring for Kids New to Canada, outline important infectious and non-infectious disease issues affecting newcomers, and use a series of vignettes to illustrate critical learning points in medical assessment of immigrant and refugee children and youth.



Webinar series funded by CIHR

Thanks to a grant from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, the Caring for Kids New to Canada team has partnered with CHNet-Works to deliver a series of webinars on the health and well-being of immigrant and refugee children and youth. If you missed any of them, download the presentations and audio recordings here.

Knocking on Doors and Breaking Down Walls: Advocacy for Immigrant and Refugee Children, December 9, 2015 

This webinar discusses principles and the granular realities of advocacy through two case studies: the creation of the Scarborough Volunteer Clinic and the fight against the recent cuts to refugee health care.  Success and challenges of advocating for patient populations are addressed using these two examples.  Common themes of both successful advocacy campaigns and what didn’t fare well are examined.

This webinar is part of a series hosted by Caring for Kids New to Canada, and funded by a grant from the Canadian Institutes for Health Research.


Meb Rashid, MD, Medical Director, Crossroads Clinic, Toronto, Ont.

Paul Caulford MSc, MD CCFP, FCFP, Medical Director, Canadian Centre for Refugee and Immigrant Health Care, Scarborough, Ont.

Screening Children and Youth New to Canada: Practical Resources June 10, 2015 

The health needs of newcomer children are broad, and differ in important ways from those of their Canadian-born peers. Initial contact for a newly-arrived child or youth with a health care provider is an important opportunity to identify certain pre-existing medical conditions. Whenever possible, a first visit should include a plan for targeted screening for both infectious and non-infectious conditions.

The health hazards do not end with migration, however. There is an ongoing risk differential compared with Canadian-born children as a result of exposures both within Canada and when they return to visit their country of origin. Physicians must also know how to assess routine immunization status and what the process is to ensure catch-up in their province. They should encourage appropriate preparation before families return to visit friends and relatives in their homeland.

This session will review some of the key health issues affecting newcomer children and youth, and suggest how the CKNC website, including the e-Checklist, can be used by health professionals to prevent, identify and manage such conditions. The objectives are to:

  • Outline the array of conditions that may impact the health of children and youth new to Canada
  • Review the detailed screening, prevention and management resources available through CKNC
  • Introduce new practical tools, such as the e-Checklist, to aid the screening process


Tony Barozzino, MD, FRCPC, Director of Community Outreach and Ambulatory Services, Department of Pediatrics St. Michael's Hospital, Toronto, Ont.

Susan Kuhn, MD, FRCPC, Head, Section of Infectious Diseases, Associate Professor, University of Calgary, Alberta Children's Hospital, Calgary, Alta.

Child Development and Developmental Disabilities in Immigrant and Refugee Children: Approaches to understanding and helping families, January 27, 2015

Newcomer families may have diverse attitudes about child development and developmental disabilities such as autism. This may mean they are reluctant to seek help from health professionals if a child has a developmental delay, and they may try alternative treatment options. This webinar will review how health professionals can tailor their approach to meet the needs of immigrant and refugee families when they are working with both preschool and school-aged children. Presenters will discuss tools and strategies such as active questioning, observations, and referrals to community services. Presenters will also discuss how culture may play a role in how newcomer families view developmental disabilities.


Cecilia Baxter, MD, FRCPC,  Professor Emeritus, Child Health Ambulatory Clinic, Royal Alexandra Hospital  Department of Pediatrics, Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry,  University of Alberta Edmonton, Alta.

William Mahoney, MD, FRCPC, Clinical Associate Professor of Pediatrics, Faculty of Health Sciences,  McMaster University, Developmental Pediatrician, Hamilton Health Sciences, Hamilton, Ont.

“I May Look as if I'm Feeling Good, but Sometimes I Am and Sometimes I'm Not”: The Mental Health of Immigrant and Refugee Kids in Canada, December 5, 2014

The speed with which immigrant kids as a whole learn new languages, their often spectacular school achievements and the apparent ease with which they take on the dress and behaviours of other Canadian kids can give the impression that all is well. That assumption would be a mistake. Although many immigrant kids and youth are probably integrating well, others are not. Some are experiencing difficulty in learning English and/or French, some are falling behind in school and dropping out before they should, some are experiencing problems with their families, some are having trouble deciding whether they are “ethnic”, Canadian or neither, many are facing discrimination, and some are being attracted to gang culture.

In this webinar, Dr. Morton Beiser summarizes research and accumulated knowledge about the mental health of immigrant and refugee children and discusss how this information can provide a back-drop for policy and program planning. Dr. Priya Watson discusses clinical guidelines for assessing and treating children from immigrant and refugee backgrounds.


Morton Beiser CM, MD, FRCP, Scientist, Keenan Research Centre at Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute, St. Michael's Hospital; Professor of Distinction, Dept of Psychology, Ryerson University, Toronto

Priya Watson, MD, Centre for Addiction and Mental Health; Assistant Progessor, Department of Psychiatry, University of Toronto, Toronto, Ont.

“The next patient is from where in Africa?  What am I supposed to do?” The Initial Medical Assessment of a New Immigrant or Refugee Child, October 22, 2014

Seeing an immigrant or refugee child new to Canada and doing a medical assessment is no different from and has the same format as seeing any child born in Canada.  But health professionals need to recognize that often with different languages it may take longer, that the child may bring imported and chronic diseases that are not commonly seen in Canada, and that the child and family may also bring psychosocial issues due to the stress of leaving their home country and moving to Canada. This case-based webinar presents discusses the use of an interpreter in a patient interview, reviews important medical questions that might not be commonly used with Canadian children, and outlines the physical examination, and important laboratory tests both for case diagnosis and for screening. 


Robert Hilliard, MD, FRCPC, Hospital for Sick Children, University of Toronto, Toronto, Ont.

Andrea Hunter, MD, FRCPC, Assistant Clinical Professor of Pediatrics, McMaster University, Consultant Pediatrician, McMaster Children's Hospital and St. Joseph's Healthcare, Hamilton, Ont.  

Mind the Gap! Developing Skills to Navigate Cultural Issues with Newcomer Children, Youth, and Families, September 24, 2014

Health professionals need to be able to navigate cultural issues and perceptions with newcomer children, youth, and families in order to provide effective care to Canada's increasingly diverse population.  But what does this mean, and what does it look like in practice?  This webinar offers insight into the relationship between culture and health, and provide practical examples of how providers can improve care by being aware of differences between their own cultural background and a newcomer patient's background, and handling these differences with skill and humility. Speakers discuss issues such as acculturation and adaptation in immigrant and refugee children, youth and families, and taking a history with this population.


Dzung X. Vo, MD, FRCPC, FAAP,  Clinical Assistant Professor, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC

Maureen Mayhew, MD, Clinical Associate Professor, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC

CAPHC Presents!  

Caring for Kids New to Canada November 27, 2013

In this webinar, co-editors-in-chief Dr. Tony Barozzino and Dr. Chuck Hui describe the Caring for Kids New to Canada site and how it was developed, and show participants how they can use this resource to improve the care of new Canadians.  Appropriate for health professionals and hospital or clinic staff.  Access the webinar here.

Last updated: February, 2019

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