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TOPMEd Cultural Awareness Day - Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Coming to the USA: A Focus on Healthcare Challenges

Cultural Awareness Day is a half-day symposium, sponsored by the Department of Family Medicine, designed to introduce healthcare students and professionals to the knowledge, skills, and attitudes needed to provide competent, comprehensive, and sensitive care to address the impact of culture on patient health.


Educational Objectives:

At the end of this conference, participants will be able to:

  1. Define immigrant, migrant and refugee and the challenges these populations face and impact their health.
  2. Identify the multiple challenges to providing high quality healthcare to immigrants-including systemic, modifiable, and intrinsic challenges.
  3. Describe the role of the health care team in refugee and immigrant/ migrant health.
  4. Explore the issues surrounding the social determinants of health & health equity as related to access-to-care, culture, socioeconomic status, education, health policy, lifestyle, and life-stage.

Conference Speakers and Faculty


Curi Kim, M.D., M.P.H. is the Director for the Division of Refugee Health (DRH) at the Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) within the Administration for Children and Families. DRH works to promote refugee health and emotional wellness by providing federal leadership, partnership and resources. She also oversees the Unaccompanied Children Program's medical team.

Dr. Kim started working with ORR in 2012 as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention(CDC)/Division of Global Migration and Quarantine (DGMQ) Medical Officer secunded to provide technical assistance on medical and public health matters. She has been involved in the health issues of mobile populations since joining the CDC in 2007, serving as the Quarantine Medical Officer at the CDC Detroit Quarantine Station in Michigan, the acting Surveillance Team Lead of CDC's Refugee Health Program in Kenya, and the Quarantine and Border Health Services Branch's Science and Policy Medical Officer at CDC headquarters in Atlanta, GA. Prior to her federal career, she practiced medicine in a state prison in Michigan. She currently holds the rank of Commander in the U.S. Public Health Service and still sees patients at a free clinic in Arlington, VA.

Dr. Kim received her BS and MPH degrees from the University of Michigan and her MD from Wayne State University. She is board certified in both Family Medicine and Preventive Medicine.

Cultural Awareness Day Director

Martha Seagrave, PA-C is an Associate Professor of Family Medicine and Director of the Family Medicine Medical Student Education Program. She is the Principal Investigator for the TOPMEd HRSA Training Grant. Ms. Seagrave is Director of Cultural Awareness Day.

Please contact Lori Durieux for more information.

This workshop is possible thanks to support from:

University of Vermont College of Medicine:

UVM College of Nursing and Health Science

Office of Primary Care and AHEC Program TOPMEd HRSA Training Grant #D56HP23280


View information and presentations from the 2015 Cultural Awareness Day

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