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Refugee Health Initiative

Canada has a proud tradition of responding to humanitarian situations when asked, not to mention assisting, sponsoring, and protecting refugees. Forced displacement affects more people today than at any time in history. Many people, forced to flee their countries due to violence or political repression, seek shelter in refugee camps or communities in bordering countries for long periods where they may have limited access to 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, QFHT, along with Kingston Community Health Centres (KCHC), has agreed to assist government-assisted refugee families in partnership with KEYS newcomer services 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 around the world. 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.

At this time, all refugee clients accepted as patients are referred through KEYS.

Visit Refugee Resettlement Services Kingston for more information.