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Refugee Health Initiative

Canada has a proud humanitarian tradition of responding to humanitarian situations when asked, not to mention assisting, sponsoring and protecting refugees. The civil war in Syria – and the resulting humanitarian crisis it has created – continues to affect millions of people. It has forced families to flee the violence in their country and seek shelter in refugee camps in bordering countries for long periods where they may have received limited health-care services. 

Queen’s Family Health Team (QFHT) faculty, residents and staff recognize and acknowledge the importance of responding to humanitarian situations, as well as the importance of collaborating with our community partners with the current national resettlement initiative. With this in mind, a number of QFHT physicians, along with the physicians from Kingston Community Health Centers (KCHC), and other primary care providers in the community, have agreed, when called upon, to assist refugee families to ensure they are receiving appropriate and necessary care to manage their health and prevent any worsening of health outcomes.

This web page is meant to provide health-care providers, newcomers and community organizations, with useful resources for the provision of care for refugees from Syria and elsewhere. It is also meant to serve as a resource for communication between the primary health-care community, the broader health-care community and Kingston’s settlement services.

To identify physicians currently accepting refugee clients, organizations (e.g. sponsorship groups, resettlement agencies and KFL&A Public Health) are asked to contact:

Queen’s Family Health Team

Diane Cross – Clinic Manager

Phone: 613-533-9300, Ext. 73983

Kingston Community Health Centers

Paolo Varias – Program Administrator, Primary Health-Care Team

Phone: 613-542-2949, Ext. 1128