5th United States Conference on African Immigrant Health

October 5 - 8, 2017

DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel, Washington DC - Crystal City

USCAIH 2017 Overview

AEIMforward Tech Services and partner organizations are organizing the 5th Annual United States Conference on African Immigrant and Refugee Health (USCAIH 2017) with the theme:  Advancing the health of Africans Immigrants through Research, Advocacy and Community Engagement .

Increasingly, African immigrants and refugees are experiencing deep and pronounced disparities in the areas of behavioral health, chronic diseases, infectious and emerging diseases and access to care.

Building on the strengths of last year’s conference, USCAIH 2017 will bring together members of the community, health researchers, academics, public health workers, advocates, provider and community organizers to shed light on, enhance and advance the body of scholarship, programmatic know-how and expertise in the increasingly complex field of African immigrant and refugee health. .

USCAIH 2017 will offer a multi-disciplinary platform, grounded in the determinants of health framework, to further understand the underpinning obstacles that stand in the way of optimal health in African immigrant and refugee communities in the United States.

Conference Objectives

  1. Describe current trends in African immigrant health, including disparities in infectious and chronic diseases and use of healthcare services
  2. Identify gaps in available data and research in African immigrant health and explore a research agenda to address these
  3. Assess gaps in the current healthcare system that prevent AIs from to accessing adequate care.
  4. Showcase best practices in developing and implementing culturally appropriate and evidence-based programs;
  5. Network with public health professionals, researchers, community leaders, policy makers, local, state and federal officials and other stakeholders interested in African immigrant health;

Breakout Sessions / Tracks

Track and breakout sessions will reflect the wide range of public health topics outlined. Presenters will be chosen on the basis of pertinent, innovative research, intervention, best practices and programming. Topics of interest will include updates on infectious diseases (HIV/AIDS, newer HIV prevention technologies including PrEP and PEP, hepatitis, tuberculosis), chronic conditions (cancer, diabetes, obesity), mental health, behavioral health, reproductive health, data collection issues, capacity building, domestic violence, and interventions targeting specific demographic groups such as youth, women, men and the elderly.

Conference Outcomes

At the end of the conference, it is expected that participants will:

  1. Acquire current epidemiological, health information and relevant research findings on African immigrant health;
  2. Learn about culturally-appropriate ways for health care delivery to the African Immigrant community;
  3. Learn about strategies for advocacy for African immigrant health;
  4. Understand the role of stigma in access and retention in health-related services;
  5. Navigate health care system regulation to successfully obtain coverage for African immigrant and refugee clients;
  6. Explore gaps in the current health care system that prevent AIs and refugees to obtain adequate health coverage.