Field Epidemiology

Trauma and the Refugee Patient: Barriers and Strategies for Care

Originally presented on February 5, 2016

Katherine Porterfield, Ph.D.
Staff Psychologist, Bellevue/NYU Program for Survivors of Torture
Clinical Instructor, NYU School of Medicine

James Sutton, PA-C
Director, Community Medicine, Rochester Regional Health
Chair, North American Refugee Healthcare Conference
Executive Director, Society of Refugee Healthcare Providers

This webinar begins by presenting refugee resettlement demographics in New York State. In upstate areas, new refugee populations helped increase cultural diversity while presenting new challenges to health care providers and public health practitioners unfamiliar with refugee cultures and the particular issues they face. In this presentation, Dr. Porterfield will explain why the way we communicate with a person who has suffered trauma matters. She will describe the major sources of refugee trauma, its impacts on cognition and the brain, and the principles of recovering from trauma.  She will discuss ways to facilitate emotional safety among refugees, strategies for talking about trauma, and when and how to refer refugees to community services.  James Sutton, will conclude the webinar by describing the Refugee Health Clinic at Rochester Regional Health, and how they have put some of the principles Dr. Porterfield describes into practice.

Learning Objectives
After watching this webinar participants will be able to:

  • Recognize the impacts of trauma on memory and the brain 
  • Identify ways you can facilitate emotional safety among refugees.
  • Describe the three principles of recovery from trauma.
  • Explain the what, why and how of working with community organizations serving refugees

The planners, moderator, and presenters do not have any financial arrangements or affiliations with any commercial entities whose products, research or services may be discussed in this activity.

No commercial funding has been accepted for this activity.

Continuing Medical Education Credits

The School of Public Health, University at Albany is accredited by the Medical Society of the State of New York (MSSNY) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The School of Public Health, University at Albany designates this enduring material for a maximum of 1.5 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Continuing Medical Education Credits are offered until February 28, 2019.

Continuing Nurse Education Contact Hours

The University at Albany School of Public Health is an Approved Provider of continuing nurse education by the Northeast Multi-State Division, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

This offering is approved for 1.5 nursing contact hour(s).

Nursing Contact Hours are offered until February 28, 2019.

Certified Health Education Specialist Contact Hours

Sponsored by the School of Public Health, University and Albany, SUNY, a designated provider of continuing education contact hours (CECH) in health education by the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing, Inc. This program is designated for Certified Health Education Specialists (CHES) and/or Master Certified Health Education Specialists (MCHES) to receive up to 1.5 total Category I contact education contact hours. Maximum advanced-level continuing education contact hours available are 0.

Continuing Education Contact Hours are offered until February 28, 2019. 

Certified in Public Health

This event is sponsored by School of Public Health, University at Albany, an approved provider of CPH Renewal Credits by the National Board of Public Health Examiners.   

This offering is approved for 1.5 Certified in Public Health Renewal Credits.

Continuing Education Contact Hours are offered until February 28, 2019.